Maximizing Utility But Minimizing Wellbeing: a Meta-Analysis on the Maximizers’ Paradox

Alex Belli, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
François Carrillat, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
In an attempt to settle the debate on the relationship between maximization and well-being, a sub-group meta-analysis was conducted, accounting for well-being dimension valence (positive or negative). Findings revealed maximization is detrimental to well-being regardless of the dimension valence, but is moderated by the maximization scale and by long-term orientation.
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Alex Belli and François Carrillat (2017) ,"Maximizing Utility But Minimizing Wellbeing: a Meta-Analysis on the Maximizers’ Paradox", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 45, eds. Ayelet Gneezy, Vladas Griskevicius, and Patti Williams, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 1073-1073.