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TV Channels, Self Control and Happiness


Benesch, Christine; Frey, Bruno S; Stutzer, Alois (2006). TV Channels, Self Control and Happiness. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 301, University of Zurich.

Abstract

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

Abstract

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

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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:July 2006
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 13:02
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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