Social Indicators Research

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 315–328 | Cite as

Life-Satisfaction and Preference Drift

  • Wim Groot
  • Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink


In this paper an empirical model is presented thataccounts for adaptation behavior in self-reports onlife-satisfaction. The model is used to determinepreference drift – adaptation to income levels – inlife-satisfaction. With preference drift, the effectof income on life satisfaction varies with the levelof life satisfaction. It is found that preferencedrift mainly occurs among individuals with a highlevel of life-satisfaction.

adaptation income life-satisfaction preference drift 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wim Groot
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink
    • 3
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesMaastricht UniversityUSA
  2. 2.“Scholar” Research Centre for Education and Labor Market, Department of EconomicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmesterdam
  3. 3.Department of Economics and ManagementWageningen UniversityUSA

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