Journal of Behavioral Economics and Finance
Online ISSN : 2185-3568
ISSN-L : 2185-3568
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Are Facets of Homo economicus Associated with Higher Earnings and Happiness?
Shoko YamaneHiroyasu YonedaYoshiro Tsutsui
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2012 Volume 5 Pages 273-276

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This paper investigates the individual outcomes of irrational thinking, including paranormality and non-scientific thinking. These modes of thinking were identified by factor analysis from a 2008 survey. Income and happiness are used as measures of performance. Empirical results reveal that non-scientific thinking lowers income, whereas paranormality does not affect it. While non-scientific thinking lowers happiness, paranormality raises it. Extending the model, we find that higher ability and self-control result in higher income and happiness. Selfishness raises income, but diminishes happiness. These results suggest that generally achieves higher individual performance except that belief in paranormality raises happiness.

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