Beyond Bentham-Measuring Procedural Utility

33 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2001

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Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: May 2001

Abstract

We propose that outcome utility and process utility can be distinguished and empirically measured. People gain procedural utility from participating in the political decision-making process itself, irrespective of the outcome. Nationals enjoy both outcome and process utility, while foreigners are excluded from political decision-making and therefore cannot enjoy the corresponding procedural utility. Utility is measured by individuals' reported subjective well-being or happiness. We find that participation rights provide more procedural utility in terms of a feeling of self-determination and influence than actual participation.

Keywords: Procedural Utility, Subjective Well-Being, Political Participation, Participation Rights

JEL Classification: D60, D63, D72, H73, I31

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S. and Stutzer, Alois, Beyond Bentham-Measuring Procedural Utility (May 2001). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 492, IEER Working Paper No. 76. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=268059

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