Conflict, Commitment and Well-Being

  • Ritxar ArlegiEmail author
  • Miriam Teschl
Part of the Happiness Studies Book Series book series (HAPS)


There are two important discussions of commitment in economic literature: one is commitment à la Elster and Schelling, which is related to self-binding choices and means that the person has the desire to restrict the future set of options. The other is commitment à la Sen, which implies a different rationality from the standard maximization rationality and means that the person can choose an option which is not necessarily best for her. In this paper, we set out to show that these two discussions of commitment are related. We do so by presenting a theory of choice under motivation conflict , followed by a discussion of the consequences that the reading of commitment through motivation conflict has on well-being.


Hyperbolic Discount Motivation Change Goal Motivation Conflictual Action Inconsistent Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economics DepartmentPublic University of NavarrePamplonaSpain
  2. 2.Economics DepartmentUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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