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Research Seminar in Economics by Hannes Schwandt (Universität Zürich)

Feb 02, 2017 | 12:15 PM - 01:45 PM

On Thursday, February 2, noon-14 pmHannes Schwandt from Universität Zürich will be the speaker of the Research Seminar in Economics. He will present his research paper on "Do people seek to maximize their subjective well-being – and fail?" at Kaminzimmer (room 202), Boltzmannstraße 20, Berlin-Dahlem.

Do people seek to maximize their subjective well-being – and fail?
Abstract: In a new survey we ask respondents, after a standard Subjective Well‐Being (SWB) question, if they can think of changes in their lives that would improve their SWB score. If the SWB score is just one argument among others in the respondents’ goals in life, they should easily find ways to improve it, at the expense of other dimensions they care about. Our results suggest that close to 90% of the respondents actually seek to maximize their SWB. The life satisfaction question appears the best contender as the “maximand” in the contest, before the ladder‐of‐life question and felt happiness. Among the other goals that people pursue and for which they are willing to sacrifice some of their SWB, the prominent appear to be about their relatives and about their future self

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Time & Location

Feb 02, 2017 | 12:15 PM - 01:45 PM

Boltzmannstraße 20
Kaminzimmer