nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2021‒12‒13
five papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. Television, Health, and Happiness: A Natural Experiment in West Germany By Chadi, Adrian; Hoffmann, Manuel
  2. Impacts of Cooking Fuel Choices on Subjective Well-Being: Insights from Rural China By Vatsa, Puneet; Ma, Wanglin
  3. Carpooling: User Profiles and Well-being By Echeverría, Lucía; Gimenez-Nadal, J. Ignacio; Molina, José Alberto
  4. Framing Measurement Beyond GDP By Paul Schreyer
  5. Adopting Telework. The causal impact of working from home on subjective well-being in 2020 By Guillaume Gueguen; Claudia Senik

  1. By: Chadi, Adrian (University of Konstanz); Hoffmann, Manuel (Texas A&M University)
    Abstract: Watching television is the most time-consuming human activity besides work but its role for individual well-being is unclear. Negative consequences portrayed in the literature raise the question whether this popular pastime constitutes an economic good or bad, and hence serves as a prime example of irrational behavior reducing individual health and happiness. Using rich panel data, we are the first to comprehensively address this question by exploiting a large-scale natural experiment in West Germany, where people in geographically restricted areas received commercial TV via terrestrial frequencies. Contrary to previous research, we find no health impact when TV consumption increases. For life satisfaction, we even find positive effects. Additional analyses support the notion that TV is not an economic bad and that non-experimental evidence seems to be driven by negative self-selection.
    Keywords: health, happiness, well-being, natural experiment, television consumption, time-use, entertainment, CSPT, ArcGIS, mass media
    JEL: C26 D12 I31 H12 J22 L82
    Date: 2021–09
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:iza:izadps:dp14721&r=
  2. By: Vatsa, Puneet; Ma, Wanglin
    Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics
    Date: 2021–08
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ags:iaae21:315149&r=
  3. By: Echeverría, Lucía (University of Zaragoza); Gimenez-Nadal, J. Ignacio (University of Zaragoza); Molina, José Alberto (University of Zaragoza)
    Abstract: Carpooling is a sustainable daily mobility mode, implying significant reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions, although it remains an uncommon practice. With the aim of stimulating this green transportation mode, this paper focus on understanding why certain individuals will agree to share a car to a common destination, apart from the obvious environmental benefit in emissions. It first describes the profile of users and then explores the relationship between this transportation mode and the participants' well-being. To that end, we have selected two countries, the UK and the US, where the use of cars represents a high proportion of daily commuting. We use the UK Time Use Survey (UKTUS) from 2014-2015 and the Well-Being Module of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) from 2010-2012-2013 to identify which groups in the population are more likely to pool their cars, and with whom those individuals enjoy carpooling more. Results indicate that individuals with certain socio-demographic characteristics and occupations are more likely to commute by carpooling, but the profile seems to be country-specific. Furthermore, our evidence reveals a positive relationship between carpooling and well-being during commuting.
    Keywords: carpooling, green mobility, user profiles, subjective well-being
    JEL: R40 J22
    Date: 2021–09
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:iza:izadps:dp14736&r=
  4. By: Paul Schreyer (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate)
    Abstract: While the Beyond GDP agenda has been with us for some time, it has come centre stage in the Covid crisis. The idea of building back a greener, more inclusive, more resilient economy resonates well with measurement e orts beyond GDP. But the eld of potential indicators is vast and measurement choices need some structure. We present a measurement framework that distinguishes between the production sphere, the well-being sphere and the asset sphere. GDP remains a cornerstone of the production sphere but is not suited to capture people's well-being, or sustainability of produced and natural assets. As one moves beyond GDP, however, ambitions for a single-valued aggregate have to be scaled down in favour of pragmatic choices for indicators.
    Keywords: Beyond GDP, green accounting, national accounts, well-being
    Date: 2021–11
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:qld:uqcepa:171&r=
  5. By: Guillaume Gueguen (PSE - Paris School of Economics - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, CEPREMAP - Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres); Claudia Senik (PSE - Paris School of Economics - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, PJSE - Paris Jourdan Sciences Economiques - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - PSL - Université Paris sciences et lettres - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - INRAE - Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, SU - Sorbonne Université)
    Keywords: Mental Health,Covid-19,Life satisfaction,Telework
    Date: 2021–12
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:hal:psewpa:halshs-03455306&r=

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