Adapting to Heart Conditions: A Test of the Hedonic Treadmill

TitleAdapting to Heart Conditions: A Test of the Hedonic Treadmill
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsWu, S
JournalJournal of Health Economics
Call Numberpubs_2001_Wu_SJHE.pdf
KeywordsConsumption and Savings, Disabilities, Health Conditions and Status

This paper tests the hypothesis of hedonic adaptation by analyzing the role that a history of heart problems has on the ability to deal with future heart conditions. The results show that those who have had a heart condition in the past are less likely to report worse self-assessed health and emotional health due to the onset of a new condition than those who have not previously had exposure to heart trouble. The results are fairly supportive of the notion of a hedonic treadmill.

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Health Status/Health Behavior/Disability/Disability/Economic Behavior/Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis/Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis/Health

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