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TV Channels, Self Control and Happiness
Discussion paper / Internet publication
ID 4266171
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.2139/ssrn.927226
Author(s) Benesch, Christine; Frey, Bruno S.; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Frey, Bruno S.
Year 2006
Month and day 07-01
Title TV Channels, Self Control and Happiness
Series title WWZ Discussion Papers
Volume 2006
Number 03
Pages 23
Publisher / Institution WWZ, University of Basel
Keywords Self-control, over-consumption, life satisfaction, experienced utility, 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 when exposed 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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ISI-Number WOS:000283285700002

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