Wanting, having, and satisfaction: examining the role of desire discrepancies in satisfaction with income.

@article{Solberg2002WantingHA,
  title={Wanting, having, and satisfaction: examining the role of desire discrepancies in satisfaction with income.},
  author={Emily Crawford Solberg and Ed Diener and Derrick Wirtz and Richard E. Lucas and Shigehiro Oishi},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={2002},
  volume={83 3},
  pages={725-34}
}
In 3 studies, the authors tested the predictors of income satisfaction, examining whether discrepanc between the things people have and the things they desire predict satisfaction. Study 1 manipulated the desirability of items that can be purchased with participants' income, and showed that their satisfaction with that income depended on the desirability of these items. Study 2 demonstrated that whether people's income enabled them to purchase the things they desired influenced their… CONTINUE READING