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On the curvature of the reporting function from objective reality to subjective feelings

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  • Oswald, Andrew J.

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I suggest the idea of a reporting function, r(.), from reality to feelings. The 'happiness' literature claims we have demonstrated diminishing marginal utility of income. I show not, and that knowing r(.)'s curvature is crucial. A quasi-experiment on heights is studied.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 100 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 369-372

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:100:y:2008:i:3:p:369-372

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