nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2023‒08‒21
two papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. Crossing Boundaries and Time: An Exploration of Time Allocation, Emotional Well-Being of Immigrants in the United States By Coniglio, Nicola Daniele; Hoxhaj, Rezart; Lagravinese, Raffaele
  2. The Attraction of the Cosmos: How information inducing happiness and impression affects attitudes toward space tourism By Le, Tam-Tri; Jin, Ruining; Nguyen, Minh-Hoang; Vuong, Quan-Hoang

  1. By: Coniglio, Nicola Daniele; Hoxhaj, Rezart; Lagravinese, Raffaele
    Abstract: This study investigates the emotional experiences of immigrants and native- born individuals in the United States, exploring the relationship between daily activities and feelings of happiness, stress, and meaningfulness. We analyze the entire range of daily activities and their durations, utilizing data from the American Time-Use Survey (ATUS) Well-Being modules. The results reveal that when viewed through the evaluation lenses of the general US population, immigrants engage in less happy, more stressful, and less meaningful activ- ities compared to natives. However, when considering subjective emotional assessments, immigrants are more optimistic and perceive these activities as associated with higher levels of happiness and meaningfulness. The study also finds evidence of emotional assimilation over time, with happiness disparities between immigrants and natives diminishing. However, this process appears incomplete for second-generation immigrants. The findings highlights the im- portance of recognizing the different perspectives of immigrants to formulate inclusive policies that facilitate integration.
    Keywords: Immigrants, TimeUse, Emotional Experiences, Assimilation, Well-Being
    JEL: J15 J22 I31 Z13
    Date: 2023
  2. By: Le, Tam-Tri; Jin, Ruining; Nguyen, Minh-Hoang; Vuong, Quan-Hoang
    Abstract: Space tourism is an emerging field where few people have direct experience. However, considering the potential in the near future, it is beneficial to better understand how related information influences people’s attitudes about this new form of tourism. Employing information-processing-based Bayesian Mindsponge Framework (BMF) analytics on a dataset of 361 respondents consuming content related to space tourism on Chinese social media, we found that induced happiness and impression are positively associated with willingness to try space tourism. Information authenticity positively moderates these two associations. Our findings emphasize three aspects of information during the processes of reception and filtering: meaning, intensity, and trust. Since promotional materials for space tourism rely heavily on mental simulations rather than objective feedback, creative uses of digital technology are advantageous. However, precautions must be taken to prevent exploitation, such as false advertising, exaggeration, and emotional manipulation.
    Date: 2023–07–10

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