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Stress That Doesn't Pay: The Commuting Paradox


Stutzer, Alois; Frey, Bruno S (2004). Stress That Doesn't Pay: The Commuting Paradox. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 151, University of Zurich.

Abstract

People spend more and more time commuting and often find it a burden.nAccording to economics, the burden of commuting is chosen when compensated eithernon the labor or on the housing market so that individuals' utility is equalized. However, inna direct test of this strong notion of equilibrium, we find that people with longerncommuting time report systematically lower subjective well-being. Additional empiricalnanalyses rule out institutional explanations of the empirical finding that commutersnsystematically incur losses. We discuss several possibilities of an extended model ofnhuman behavior able to explain this 'commuting paradox'.

Abstract

People spend more and more time commuting and often find it a burden.nAccording to economics, the burden of commuting is chosen when compensated eithernon the labor or on the housing market so that individuals' utility is equalized. However, inna direct test of this strong notion of equilibrium, we find that people with longerncommuting time report systematically lower subjective well-being. Additional empiricalnanalyses rule out institutional explanations of the empirical finding that commutersnsystematically incur losses. We discuss several possibilities of an extended model ofnhuman behavior able to explain this 'commuting paradox'.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:August 2004
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:32
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 10:08
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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