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Peer-reviewed publications

Ruggeri, K., Stock, F., Haslam, S.A., … Macchia, L., … Van Bavel, J. J., & Willer, R. (2024). A synthesis of evidence for policy from behavioral science during COVID-19. Nature, 625, 134–147. [Paper]

Macchia, L., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2024). Global pain levels before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Economics & Human Biology, 52, 101337. [Paper]


Daly, M., & Macchia, L. (2023). Global trends in emotional distress, 2009-2021. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120(14), e2216207120. [Paper]


Macchia, L. (2023). Governments should measure pain when assessing societal wellbeing. Nature Human Behaviour, 7, 303–305[Paper]

Tang, C.K., Macchia, L., & Powdthavee, N. (2023). Income is more protective against pain in more equal countries. Social Science & Medicine, 333, 116181. Random author order. [Paper]

Macchia, L. (2023). Having less than others is painful: Income rank and pain around the world. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 15(2), 215-224. [Paper]

Macchia, L., Daly, M., & Delaney, L. (2023). The effect of adverse employment circumstances on physical pain: Evidence from Australian panel data. Preventive Medicine, 173, 107574[Paper]


Macchia, L. (2023). Understanding despair: The role of physical pain. American Journal of Health Promotion, 137(6)[Paper]

Macchia, L., Farmer, J., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2023). Prosocial behaviour helps to ease physical pain: Longitudinal evidence from Britain. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 169, 111325. [Paper]

Macchia, L., Plagnol, A., & Easterlin, R. (2023). Trends and fluctuations in financial satisfaction and macroeconomic indicators in times of economic changes - The case of Latin America. International Journal of Happiness and Development (forthcoming).

Proulx, J., Macchia, L., & Aknin, L. (2023). Can repeated and reflective prosocial experiences in sport increase generosity in adolescent athletes? Journal of Positive Psychology, 1-29[Paper]

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. (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]

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., & 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]

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, 76–83. [Paper]

Book chapters  and working papers


Macchia, L. (2024). Physical pain: A key component of Subjective Well-Being. Working paper. [Paper]

Macchia, L., Oswald, A. (2024). National worry and the psychological value of the welfare state. Working paper. [Paper]

Macchia, L. (2024). Physical pain and wellbeing: Past, present, and future. Chapter in: Brockmann, H. & Fernandez-Urbano, R. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Happiness, Quality of Life and Subjective Wellbeing. Edward Elgar Publishing (forthcoming).


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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