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Peer-reviewed publications

Macchia, L. (2022). Pain trends and pain growth disparities, 2009-2021. Economics & Human Biology, 47, 101200[Paper]

Macchia, L., & Oswald, A. (2021). Physical pain, gender, and the state of the economy in 146 nations. Social Science & Medicine, 287, 114332. [Paper]

Mental Health & Wellbeing

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. (2019). Leisure beliefs and the subjective well-being of nations. Journal of Positive Psychology, 16(2), 198-206[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]

Human Behaviour

Physical Pain

Ruggeri, K., ... Macchia, L., ..., & Garcia-Garzon, E. (2022). The globalizability of temporal discounting. Nature Human Behaviour, 6(10), 1386–1397[Paper]


Gonzalez, A., Macchia, L., & Whillans, A.V. (2022). The developmental origins and behavioural consequences of attributions for inequality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 101, 104329. [Paper]

Macchia, L., & Whillans, A.V. (2021). The link between income, income inequality, and prosocial behaviour around the world: A multiverse approach. Social Psychology, 52(6), 375–386. [Paper]


Macchia, L., & Ariely, D. (2021). Eliciting preferences for redistribution across domains: A study on wealth, education, and health. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 21, 1141-1166. [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]

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