Twice as nice?
A $4 buffet may not taste as good as the same food at an $8 buffet, according to a US survey of 139 people at an all-you-can-eat pizza joint. Researchers explored price versus enjoyment, finding that diners rated the pizza as less tasty if they paid $4 – although it was the same food. They also enjoyed the food less as they ate more of it. "Among those who paid $8 for their buffet, not only were the ratings significantly higher, but they did not decay much over the first three pieces of pizza," the authors added.
Home ownership can make it harder to relocate but may not affect job possibilities much overall. That’s from a paper looking at newly unemployed people in Germany, their job searches and their period of unemployment. "Although the re-employment probability in the short run is slightly lower, we find that after one year home-owning unemployed have found better jobs, in terms of wages and job satisfaction, than their renting counterparts," the authors wrote.
If you will I must
People may work longer hours to signal a competitive edge – and are less happy if their peers appear to be working even longer hours than they are, a study of Dutch men suggests. Practices go beyond matching colleagues’ working hours to arriving earlier than everyone, appearing busy and leaving later. These are ways of trying to appear a better, more useful worker but may ultimately be more about status and winning, the paper suggests.