Unpacking the determinants of life satisfaction: A survey experiment

Research, Preprint OPEN
Corazzini, Luca ; Bertoni, Marco ; Angelini, Viola (2014)
  • Publisher: University of Groningen, SOM research school

We present results of a survey experiment aimed at assessing context effects on subjects' reported life satisfaction, exerted by raising awareness of fundamental life domains - income, family, job, friends, sentimental relationships and health - through questionnaire manipulations. While simply presenting subjects with the list of the domains before evaluating overall life satisfaction has no effect on the distribution of life satisfaction, asking subjects to report their satisfaction with each life domain strongly affects overall evaluations. In particular, we detect a robust unpacking effect, whereby reporting satisfaction with life domains signifcantly increases the subsequent overall life satisfaction evaluations. In addition, raising awareness of life domains significantly increases precision (as it reduces the dispersion of responses) and accuracy (by increasing the association between life satisfaction and life domain evaluations) of self-reported levels of life satisfaction.
  • References (32)
    32 references, page 1 of 4

    Angelini, V., Cavapozzi, D., Corazzini, L., and Paccagnella, O. (2014). Do danes and italians rate life satisfaction in the same way? using vignettes to correct for individual-speci c scale biases. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

    Bateman, I., Munro, A., Rhodes, B., Starmer, C., and Sugden, R. (1997). Does part{whole bias exist? an experimental investigation. The Economic Journal, 107(441):322{332.

    Bernasconi, M., Corazzini, L., Kube, S., and Marechal, M. A. (2009). Two are better than one! individuals' contributions to unpacked public goods. Economics Letters, 104(1):31{33.

    Bruni, L. and Porta, P. L. (2005). Economics and Happiness: Framing the Analysis: Framing the Analysis. Oxford University Press.

    Clark, A., Etile, F., Postel-Vinay, F., Senik, C., and Van der Straeten, K. (2005). Heterogeneity in reported well-being: Evidence from twelve european countries. The Economic Journal, 115(502):C118{C132.

    Clark, A. E., Fleche, S., and Senik, C. (2012). The great happiness moderation. IZA Discussion Paper, 6761.

    Conti, G. and Pudney, S. (2011). Survey design and the analysis of satisfaction. Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(3):1087{1093.

    Diener, E., Napa-Scollon, C. K., Oishi, S., Dzokoto, V., and Suh, E. M. (2000). Positivity and the construction of life satisfaction judgments: Global happiness is not the sum of its parts. Journal of Happiness Studies, 1(2):159{176.

    Dolan, P., Peasgood, T., and White, M. (2008). Do we really know what makes us happy? a review of the economic literature on the factors associated with subjective well-being. Journal of Economic Psychology, 29(1):94{122.

    Easterlin, R. A. (2001). Income and happiness: Towards a uni ed theory. The Economic Journal, 111(473):465{484.

  • Metrics
    No metrics available
Share - Bookmark