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Ashley Whillans, The University of British Columbia
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2016 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient

Exchanging cents for seconds: The happiness benefits of choosing time over money

In a typical day and across a lifetime, people face trade-offs related to time and money. These trade-offs play a role in major decisions such as whether to choose a higher paying career that demands longer hours (vs. making less money and having more free time) and in mundane decisions, such as whether to spend a Saturday afternoon cleaning gutters (or paying someone else to do it). My dissertation examines the (1) happiness benefits of choosing time over money and explores (2) how to help people use their money to buy themselves more and better time.


This research is supported through the Heritage Fund Initiative, which celebrates personality and social psychology's heritage by honoring some of the great teachers and scientists who have made major contributions to field. Further Donations are always welcome to underwrite Heritage Dissertation Research Awards for future students.