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TV channels, self-control and happiness


Benesch, Christine; Frey, Bruno S; Stutzer, Alois (2010). TV channels, self-control and happiness. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10(1):Article 86.

Abstract

In many countries, TV viewers have access to more and more TV channels. We study whether people can cope with this and watch the amount of TV they find optimal for themselves, or whether they are prone to over-consumption. We find that heavy TV viewers do not benefit, but instead report lower life satisfaction with access to more TV channels. This finding runs counter to the standard economic prediction that a larger choice set does not make people worse off. It suggests that an identifiable group of persons experience a self-control problem when it comes to TV viewing.

Abstract

In many countries, TV viewers have access to more and more TV channels. We study whether people can cope with this and watch the amount of TV they find optimal for themselves, or whether they are prone to over-consumption. We find that heavy TV viewers do not benefit, but instead report lower life satisfaction with access to more TV channels. This finding runs counter to the standard economic prediction that a larger choice set does not make people worse off. It suggests that an identifiable group of persons experience a self-control problem when it comes to TV viewing.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:04 Feb 2011 17:11
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 06:54
Publisher:Berkeley Electronic Press
ISSN:1935-1682
Additional Information:Copyright: Berkeley Electronic Press
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2202/1935-1682.2119

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