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Lifestyle tradeoffs and the decline of well-being

Chris Thron
Submitted By: chris.thron
Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
Last Updated: Jan 1, 2016
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This code implements a semi-quantitative mathematical model of the changes over time in the statistical distribution of well-being of individuals in a society. The model predicts that when individuals overvalue the more socially conspicuous aspects of well-being in their lifestyle choices, then the average well-being of the overall population may experience continuous decline. In addition to tradeoff cost and overvaluation, we identify statistical variation in individuals’ well-being and turnover within the population as key factors driving negative trends. We investigate the influence of the effects of heterogeneity in the population, as well as economic and/or technological progress.

This model is associated with a publication:

Thron, C (2015) Lifestyle Tradeoffs and the Decline of Societal Well-being: An Agent-based Model. arXiv:1508.03524 [physics.soc-ph]

Cite This Model:
Thron, Chris (2016, January 1). "Lifestyle tradeoffs and the decline of well-being" (Version 1). CoMSES Computational Model Library. Retrieved from:
Model Version: 1 [Latest]
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Operating System: Platform Independent
Licensed Under: Academic Free License 3.0
Instructions on Running This Model:
Code is self-explanatory.

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