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Title:A note on the relationship between television viewing and individual happiness PDF Logo
Authors:Kataria, Mitesh
Regner, Tobias
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Jena economic research papers 2009,098
Abstract:In a recently published article, Bruni and Stanca (2008) suggest that television viewing has a negative impact on life satisfaction. In this note we argue that the empirical approach they use (an approach that omits the main effect of TV viewing in life satisfaction) is problematic. We estimate a microeconomic life satisfaction function and find mixed support for the claim that television viewing in general has a negative impact on individual happiness. Using a large cross- country comparison we find that there is a substantial heterogeneity across countries, which needs to be taken into account when concluding about television's effect on life satisfaction
Subjects:Relational goods
Subjective well-being
TV consumption
Happiness
JEL:A12
D12
I31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Jena Economic Research Papers, MPI für Ökonomik

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