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TV Channels, Self-Control and Happiness

Christine Benesch, Bruno S. Frey & Alois Stutzer

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abstract Standard economic theory suggests that more choice is usually better. We address this claim and investigate whether people can cope with the increasing number of television programs 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 with access to more TV channels. This finding suggests that an identifiable group of individuals experiences a self-control problem when it comes to TV viewing
   
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language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 20-9-2010
journal The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
publisher De Gruyter (formerly Berkeley Electronic Press) (Boston, Mass.)
ISSN 1555-0494
ISSN (online) 1935-1682
DOI 10.2202/1935-1682.2119
volume of journal 10
number of issue 1
page(s) 86
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profile area SEPS - Economic Policy
citation Benesch, C., Frey, B. S., & Stutzer, A. (2010). TV Channels, Self-Control and Happiness. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10(1), 86, DOI:10.2202/1935-1682.2119.