Reversing the Question: Does Happiness Affect Consumption and Savings Behavior?
55 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2009
Date Written: August 2009
I examine the impact of happiness on consumption and savings behavior using data from the DNB Household Survey from the Netherlands and the German Socio-Economic Panel. Instrumenting individual happiness with regional sunshine, the results suggest that happier people save more, spend less, and have a lower marginal propensity to consume. Happier people take more time for making decisions and have more control over expenditures; they expect a longer life and (accordingly) seem more concerned about the future than the present; they also expect less inflation in the future.
Keywords: happiness, savings, consumption, weather
JEL Classification: D03, D12, Q54
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