Peer-reviewed publications

Macchia, L., Plagnol, A.C., & Powdthavee, N. (2020). Buying happiness in an unequal world: Rank of income more strongly predicts wellbeing in unequal countries. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(5), 769-780. [Paper]

Whillans, A.V, Macchia, L., & Dunn, E. (2019). Valuing time over money predicts happiness after a major life transition: A pre-registered longitudinal study of graduating students. Science Advances, 5, 9. [Paper]

Macchia, L.* & Whillans, A.V*. (In press, 2019). Leisure beliefs and the subjective well-being of nations. Journal of Positive Psychology. [Paper]

Macchia, L., & Plagnol, A.C. (2019). Life satisfaction and confidence in national institutions: Evidence from South America. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 14(3), 721-736. [Paper]

Macchia, L., Plagnol, A.C. & Reimers, S. (2018). Does experience with high inflation affect intertemporal decision making? Sensitivity to inflation rates in Argentine and British delay discounting choices. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 75, pp. 76–83. [Paper]

Book chapters 

Macchia, L., & Plagnol, A.C. (2019). The subjective well-being political paradox: Evidence from Latin America. Chapter in: Mariano Rojas (ed.). ​The Economics of Happiness: How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed our Understanding of Wellbeing and Progress. Oxford University Press. [Website]


Plagnol, A.C., & Macchia, L. (2018). Economics of subjective well-being: Evaluating the evidence for the Easterlin Paradox. Chapter in: Ayse K. Uskul and Shige Oishi (eds.). Socioeconomic Environment and Human Psychology: Social, Ecological, and Cultural Perspectives. Oxford University Press. [Website]

Manuscripts under review or revision

Proulx, J.*, Macchia, L.*, Aknin, L.B., & Whillans, A.V. Can youth-focused prosociality interventions increase generosity? A pre-registered field experiment. Invited revisionComprehensive Results in Social Psychology.

Macchia, L., & Whillans, A.V.  Understanding whether and when income inequality is associated with happiness: The case of Latin America. Under review: World Development.

Giurge, L.*, Macchia, L.*, Whillans, A. V.*, & Yemiscigil, A.* How COVID-19 shapes students’ extrinsic and prosocial work values: The role of uncertainty, worry and reflection. Under review: Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Macchia, L. Educational opportunities, social mobility, and the happiness of the rich around the world. Under Review: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Gonzalez, A., Macchia, L., & Whillans, A.V. The perpetuation of inequality: Parental transmission and behavioral consequences of children’s inequality attributions. Under ReviewPsychological Science.

Macchia, L., & Ariely, D. Sense of justice differs across domains: Implications for redistributive policy support. Under Review: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Selected research in progress

Macchia, L.*, & Whillans, A.V.* Whether & when income & income inequality shape generosity around the world: A multiverse approach. Target journal: Psychological Science.

Macchia, L., Easterlin, R.A., & Plagnol, A.C. Trends and fluctuations in subjective well-being in Latin America since the 1990s. Target journal: World Development. 

Plagnol, A., Kanji, S., Chung, H., & Macchia, L. The gendered division of the mental load among couples: Development and validation of a quantitative measure. Target journal: Gender, Work and Organization.

Macchia, L., & Oswald, A. Physical pain, gender, and the business cycle in 146 nations. Target journal: Psychological Science. 


*Shared first authorship.

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