Revisiting Michael McBride’s experiment about “Money, happiness, and aspirations”
AbstractIn a laboratory experiment designed to test aspiration-based theories of happiness, McBride (2010) found no evidence of the predicted negative effect of own past payments on subjects’ satisfaction with their current round payments. This paper presents further analysis of McBride’s data that reveals such an effect. In the treatment where such an effect is most likely to be observed, subjects’ satisfaction with their payments in a given round is negatively affected by the level of payment they received the last time they faced the same payment probabilities. The overall trajectory of their payments when facing the same payment probabilities is also found to have an effect.
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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Satisfaction; Happiness; Adaptation; Experiment;
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- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
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- NEP-HAP-2010-12-04 (Economics of Happiness)
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