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A Well-Being Snapshot in a Changing World

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  • Daniel J. Benjamin
  • Kristen B. Cooper
  • Ori Heffetz
  • Miles Kimball

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Although technology-driven economic growth generates gains in consumption and employment opportunities, it may also negatively impact other dimensions of well-being, such as emotional well-being or sense of stability. We study 204 aspects of self-reported well-being among 1,576 US MTurk survey respondents, aggregated into seven themes: evaluative well-being, emotional well-being, positive perceptions of technology or economic growth, autonomy and flexibility, work environment, feelings of calmness and stability, and feelings of belonging and connection. Demographic associations with aspects of well-being vary somewhat across the themes. We highlight the value of a multidimensional approach when comparing well-being across different groups in the United States.

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  • Daniel J. Benjamin & Kristen B. Cooper & Ori Heffetz & Miles Kimball, 2019. "A Well-Being Snapshot in a Changing World," AEA Papers and Proceedings, American Economic Association, vol. 109, pages 344-349, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:apandp:v:109:y:2019:p:344-49
    Note: DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20191079
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    1. Tan, Zhi Ming & Aggarwal, Nikita & Cowls, Josh & Morley, Jessica & Taddeo, Mariarosaria & Floridi, Luciano, 2021. "The ethical debate about the gig economy: A review and critical analysis," Technology in Society, Elsevier, vol. 65(C).
    2. Ifcher, John & Zarghamee, Homa & Goff, Sandra H., 2021. "Happiness in the Lab: What Can Be Learned about Subjective Well-Being from Experiments?," GLO Discussion Paper Series 943, Global Labor Organization (GLO).

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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