Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. “Green Lifestyles and Subjective Well-Being: More about Self-Image than Actual Behavior?”, Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization 137C, 2017, 304-323, doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.03.009 (with Blankenberg, A.-K.)
  2. “…Do it with Joy! – Subjective Well-Being Outcomes of working in Non-Profit Organizations”, Journal of Economic Psychology 54, 2016, 64-84, doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2016.03.003
  3. “Environmental Concerns and Subjective Well-Being: Antecedents and Outcomes of Environmental Activism in Germany”, Ecological Economics 124, 2016, 1-16, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.01.009 (with Blankenberg, A.-K.)
  4. “Revisiting Cheerful Jane and Miserable John: The Impact of Income, Good Health, Social Contacts and Education declines with increasing Subjective Well-Being”, Applied Economics Letters 23(8), 2016, 544-553, doi: 10.1080/13504851.2015.1085635
  5. “How satisfied are the Self-Employed? A Life Domain Wiew”, Journal of Happiness Studies 17(4), 2016, 1409-1433, doi: 10.1007/s10902-015-9650-8 (with Coad, A.)
  6. “Heterogeneity in the Relationship between Unemployment and Subjective Well-Being: A Quantile Approach”, Economica 82(328), 2015, 865-891 doi: 10.1111/ecca.12150 (with Coad, A.)
  7. “Volunteering and Life Satisfaction: A closer Look at the Hypothesis that Volunteering more strongly benefits the Unhappy”, Applied Economics Letters 22(11), 2015, 874-885 doi: 10.1080/13504851.2014.985364
  8. “Autonomy-Enhancing Paternalism”, Kyklos 68(1), 2015, 3-27, doi: 10.1111/kykl.12071 (with Lades, L.)
  9. “Unemployment impacts differently on the Extremes of the Distribution of a Comprehensive Well-Being Measure”, Applied Economics Letters 22(8), 2015, 619-627, doi: 10.1080/13504851.2014.962219 (with Coad, A.)
  10. “Causal Linkages between Work and Life Satisfaction and their Determinants in a Structural VAR Approach”, Economics Letters 124(2), 2014, 263-268, doi: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.05.021 (with Coad, A.)
  11. “Reconciling Normative and Behavioral Economics: Applying the ‘Naturalistic Approach’ to the Adaptation Problem”, Journal of Economics and Statistics, 234(2+3), 2014, 350-365 (with Schubert, C.)
  12. “Subjective Well-being Capabilities: Bridging the Gap between the Capability Approach and Subjective Well-Being Research”, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(5), 2014, 1197-1217, doi: 10.1007/s10902-013-9471-6
  13. “Should Evolutionary Economists embrace Libertarian Paternalism?”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics 24(3), 2013, 515-539, doi: 10.1007/s00191-013-0323-7
  14. “‘I’m afraid I have bad news for you…’ Estimating the impact of different health impairments on subjective well-being”, Social Science & Medicine, 87, 2013, 155-167, doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.03.25 (with Coad, A.)
  15. “Disentangling Motivational and Experiential Aspects of ‘Utility’ – A Neuroeconomics Perspective”, Journal of Economic Psychology 36(1), 2013, 27-40, doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2013.02.011 (with Witt, U.)
  16. “The Structure of Subjective Well-Being: A Vectorautoregressive Approach”, Metroeconomica 64(2), 2013, 361-400, doi: 10.1111/meca.12011 (with Ward, F.)
  17. “Volunteering, Subjective Well-Being and Public Policy”, Journal of Economic Psychology 34(1), 2013, 97-119, doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2012.11.008 (with Freytag, A.)
  18. “Innovativeness and Subjective Well-being”, Social Indicators Research 111(2), 2013, 561-578, doi: 10.1007/s11205-012-0020-1
  19. “Life Satisfaction and Self-employment: A Matching Approach”, Small Business Economics 40(4), 2013, 1009-1033, doi:10.1007/s11187-011-9413-9 (with Coad, A.)
  20. “A Critical Note on the Role of the Capability Approach for Sustainability Economics”, Journal of Socio-Economics 41(5), 2012, 721-725, doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.07.007(with Witt, U.)
  21. “The Neglected Dimension of Well-Being: Analyzing the Development of “Conversion Effciency” in Great Britain”, Journal of Socio-Economics 41(1), 2012, 37-47, doi:10.1016/j.socec.2011.10.002 (with Broekel, T.)
  22. “Happiness No Matter the Cost? An Examination on How Efficiently Individuals Reach Their Happiness Levels”, Journal of Happiness Studies 13(4), 2012, 621-645, doi:10.1007/s10902-011-9283-5 (with Broekel, T.)
  23. “Applying a Robust Non-parametric Efficiency Analysis to Measure Conversion Efficiency in Great Britain”, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 12(2), 2011, 257-281, doi:10.1080/19452829.2011.571088 (with Broekel, T.)
  24. “From Average Joe’s Happiness to Miserable Jane and Cheerful John: Using Quantile Regressions to Analyze the full Subjective Well-Being Distribution”, Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization 79(3), 2011, 275–290, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2011.02.005 (with Coad, A.)
  25. “Disentangling the Circularity in Sen’s Capability Approach – An Analysis of the Co-Evolution of Functioning Achievement and Resources”, Social Indicators Research 103(3), 2011, 327–355, doi:10.1007/s11205-010-9714-4 (with Coad, A.)
  26. “An Examination of the Dynamics of Well-Being and Life Events using Vector Autoregressions”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 76(2), 2010, 352-371, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2010.06.006 (with Coad, A.)
  27. “The Regional Dimension of Knowledge Transfers – A Behavioral Approach”, Industry & Innovation 14(2), 2007, 151-175, doi:10.1080/13662710701252500 (with Broekel, T.)

Books and Book Chapters

  1. “As Innovations Drive Economic Growth, Do They also Raise Well-Being?”, Papers on Economics and Evolution #1105, forthcoming in: Witt, U. and Chai, A. (eds., 2017), Understanding Economic Change – Contributions to an Evolutionary Paradigm in Economics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (with Witt, U.)
  2. “A constitutional paradigm is not enough – Would sovereign citizens really agree to manipulative nudges? – A reply to Christian Schubert”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 24(5), 2014, 1115-1120, doi: 10.1007/s00191-014-0377-1
  3. “Happiness and productivity”, in: Altman, M. (ed.), Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Praeger, Santa Barbara, in press
  4. “Paternalism”, in: Altman, M. (ed.), Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Praeger, Santa Barbara, in press
  5. “Errors and biases”, in: Altman, M. (ed.), Real World Decision Making: An Encyclopedia of Behavioral Economics, Praeger, Santa Barbara, in press
  6. “Book Review: Geld macht doch gluecklich (Weimann/Knabe/Schoeb)”, Journal of Economics and Statistics 233(4), 2013, 556-559
  7. “Capability, Functioning and Resources”, in: Michalos, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, Springer, Dordrecht, 2014, 524-529 (with Coad, A.)
  8. “Elements of an Evolutionary Theory of Welfare”, Routledge, London, 2010 (Outline available here; Order here:
  9. “Institutions as Determinants of Preference Change: A One Way Relation?”, in: Hanappi, H. and Elsner, W. (eds.), Advances in Evolutionary Institutional Economics: Evolutionary Mechanisms, Non-Knowledge and Strategy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008, pp. 97-120 (with Niederle, U.-M.)
  10. “Zwischen Metaphysik und Relativismus – Zur Wahrheitssuche von Hilary Putnam im Kontext der Klassischen Wahrheitstheorien”, LIT-Verlag, Münster, 2004