English title: Happiness, Habits and High Rank: Comparisons in Economic and Social Life

Author(s): Andrew E. Clark -

Language: English

Type: Report, working paper

Year: 2011


The role of money in producing sustained subjective well-being seems to be seriously compromised by social comparisons and habituation. But does that necessarily mean that we would be better off doing something else instead? This paper suggests that the phenomena of comparison and habituation are actually found in a considerable variety of economic and social activities, rendering conclusions regarding well-being policy less straightforward.

Edition: 0

Institution: IZA: Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit

Number of pages: 42

Number: 5966

Series: IZA Discussion Paper

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