Life satisfaction data: Is the evidence sufficiently clear for policy applications?

PhD Seminar (Econ)


Mark Fabian


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Friday, 21 September, 2018 - 09:30 to 11:00

This seminar will review three different interpretations of patterns in life satisfaction data: adaptation, scale-norming, and preference drift. The adaptation interpretation dominates the literature, perhaps only because researchers take the data at face value. I collate existing theoretical arguments and empirical evidence that suggest this approach is potentially misleading because scale-norming is more prevalent than presently believed.

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