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Autor:innen: 
Oswald, Andrew J.
Powdthavee, Nattavudh
Datum: 
2006
Schriftenreihe/Nr.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 2208
Verlag: 
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn
Zusammenfassung: 
Economics ignores the possibility of hedonic adaptation (the idea that people bounce back from utility shocks). This paper argues that economists are wrong to do so. It provides longitudinal evidence that individuals who become disabled go on to exhibit recovery in mental wellbeing. Adaptation to severe disability, however, is shown to be incomplete. The paper suggests ways to calculate the level of compensatory damages for the pain and suffering from disablement. Courts all over the world currently use ad hoc methods.
Schlagwörter: 
disability
adaptation
happiness
legal compensation
wellbeing
GHQ scores
JEL: 
D1
I3
I31
K0
Dokumentart: 
Working Paper

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