This paper discusses the role of relational goods and television viewing for individual happiness. Using individual data from the World Values Survey, we find evidence of a positive effect of rela- tionality on life satisfaction, and a negative effect of television viewing on relational activities. Both relationships are strongly significant and robust to the use of alternative indicators of relationality. The results are also robust to estimation by instrumental variables to deal with possible simultaneity. We interpret these findings as an indication that the pervasive and increasing role of television viewing in contem- porary society, through its crowding out effect on relational activities, contributes to the explanation of the income-happiness paradox.

Bruni, L., Stanca, L. (2005). Watching alone: Relational Goods, Television and Happiness [Working paper del dipartimento].

Watching alone: Relational Goods, Television and Happiness

BRUNI, LUIGINO;STANCA, LUCA MATTEO
2005

Abstract

This paper discusses the role of relational goods and television viewing for individual happiness. Using individual data from the World Values Survey, we find evidence of a positive effect of rela- tionality on life satisfaction, and a negative effect of television viewing on relational activities. Both relationships are strongly significant and robust to the use of alternative indicators of relationality. The results are also robust to estimation by instrumental variables to deal with possible simultaneity. We interpret these findings as an indication that the pervasive and increasing role of television viewing in contem- porary society, through its crowding out effect on relational activities, contributes to the explanation of the income-happiness paradox.
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subjective well-being; TV consumption; relationality
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Bruni, L., Stanca, L. (2005). Watching alone: Relational Goods, Television and Happiness [Working paper del dipartimento].
Bruni, L; Stanca, L
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