BE 4: Subjective Wellbeing

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Neoclassical economics: Ordinalism (hedonic) too weak (restrictive)
Happiness and utility assumed and not measured (ONLY RANKED) , utility is determined by choices (objective), unable to do interpersonal comparison, can only use GDP as measure (output from production)
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Neoclassical: Cardinalism (evaluative) too strong
Happiness and utility can be measured (MAGNITUDE), necessary to determine public choice (overcome arrows impossibility theorem), interpersonal comparison
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Behavioural theory: Reported wellbeing function (mix)
Utility cannot be measured, but we can get a signal from SWB report (carries some information that can be used to drive policies)
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Behavioural theory: Reported wellbeing function ISSUES
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Behavioural theory: Reported wellbeing function EVIDENCE
SWB clear correlation with objective measures on quality of life (pollution, climate, crime...)
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Neoclassical puzzle: Easterlin Paradox (X-Section)
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Neoclassical puzzle: Easterlin Paradox (Time-series)
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Behavioural patch: Theory of relative income (Adaption to what others have)
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Behavioural patch: Empirics Theory of relative income
Neoclassical: increasing wealth increases utility up to a point/ Behavioural: past this point increasing wealth increases utility relative to others
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Behavioural patch: Theory of relative income (Adaption to habit formation)
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Empirics: Happiness & Productivity (exp 1)
Individuals treated with ST comedy clip (exogenous) were more happy and as result more productive (ST)
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Empirics: Happiness & Productivity (exp 2)
Individuals who experienced bad life event (exogenous) were less happy and less productive (LT)
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Happiness and utility can be measured (MAGNITUDE), necessary to determine public choice (overcome arrows impossibility theorem), interpersonal comparison

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