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Stress that doesn't pay : the commuting paradox
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 41991
Author(s) Stutzer, Alois; Frey, Bruno S.
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2008
Title Stress that doesn't pay : the commuting paradox
Journal The Scandinavian journal of economics
Volume 110
Number 2
Pages / Article-Number 339-366
Keywords location theory, commuting, compensating variation, subjective well-being
Abstract People spend a lot of time commuting and often find it a burden. According to standard economics, the burden of commuting is chosen when compensated either on the labor or on the housing market so that individuals` utility is equalized. However, in a direct test of this strong notion of equilibrium with panel data, we find that people with longer commuting time report systematically lower subjective well-being. This result is robust with regard to a number of alternative explanations. We mention several possibilities of an extended model of human behavior able to explain this "commuting paradox".
Publisher University of Stockholm
ISSN/ISBN 0347-0520
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9442.2008.00542.x
ISI-Number 000257799900007
Document type (ISI) Article

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