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Rising Aspirations Dampen Satisfaction

Andrew Clark (), Akiko Kamesaka and Teruyuki Tamura
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Akiko Kamesaka: AGU - Aoyama Gakuin University, ESRIN - European Space Research Institute - ESA - European Space Agency
Teruyuki Tamura: Sophia University - Sophia University

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Abstract: It is commonly-believed that education is a good thing for individuals. Yet its correlation with subjective well-being is most often only weakly positive, or even negative, despite the many associated better individual-level outcomes We here square the circle using novel Japanese data on happiness aspirations. If reported happiness comes from a comparison of outcomes to aspirations, then any phenomenon raising both at the same time will have only a muted effect on reported well-being. We find that around half of the happiness effect of education is cancelled out by higher aspirations, and suggest a similar dampening effect for income.

Keywords: Education; Satisfaction; Aspirations; Income (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-03
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