Erik Snowberg

  Joint event with Oxford's Department of Economics

  Tuesday, 15th November 2022

  16:00 - 17:15

   Manor Road Building, Manor Road - Seminar Room A

   Education, Reference Points, and Happiness


We study a reform that increased compulsory schooling in Britain. Using a regression discontinuity design, we find that, in line with prior studies, compulsory schooling caused an increase in income. However, it also caused a decrease in subjective well-being, or happiness. Using an extensive survey, we provide evidence that education affects both reference points and outcomes, but the former more than the latter. That is, while outcomes improve for those subject to compulsory education, they improve less than the individuals themeselves expect they will.

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