Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123360
Authors: 
Benesch, Christine
Frey, Bruno S.
Stutzer, Alois
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
WWZ Discussion Paper 06/03
Abstract: 
In many countries, TV viewers have access to more and more TV channels. We study whether people can cope with this and watch the amount of TV they find optimal for themselves or whether they are prone to over-consumption. We find that heavy TV viewers do not benefit, but instead report lower life satisfaction when exposed to more TV channels. This finding runs counter to the standard economic prediction that a larger choice set does not make people worse off. It suggests that an identifiable group of persons experience a self-control problem when it comes to TV viewing.
Subjects: 
Self-control
over-consumption
life satisfaction
experienced utility
TV viewing
JEL: 
D12
D91
I31
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.