A note on the relationship between television viewing and individual happiness
AbstractIn a recently published article, Bruni and Stanca (2008) suggest that television viewing has a negative impact on life satisfaction. In this note we argue that the empirical approach they use (an approach that omits the main effect of TV viewing in life satisfaction) is problematic. We estimate a microeconomic life satisfaction function and find mixed support for the claim that television viewing in general has a negative impact on individual happiness. Using a large cross-country comparison we find that there is a substantial heterogeneity across countries, which needs to be taken into account when concluding about television's effect on life satisfaction.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2009-098.
Date of creation: 02 Dec 2009
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Relational goods; Subjective well-being; TV consumption; Happiness;
Other versions of this item:
- Kataria, Mitesh & Regner, Tobias, 2011. "A note on the relationship between television viewing and individual happiness," The Journal of Socio-Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 53-58, February.
- A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
- D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-12-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2009-12-11 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-HAP-2009-12-11 (Economics of Happiness)
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