Opening up on consumer materialism

Esther Jaspers

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

25 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

This dissertation comprises three main empirical essays, and a final chapter that synthesizes the findings and provides additional empirical evidence. The dissertation challenges current dominant theories of consumer materialism that have an overly aggregated, and overly negative, perspective of this consumer value. It shows that the three materialism dimensions have vastly different relationships with related variables, and even have positive consequences for consumers. The first essay examines age effects on materialism while controlling for birth cohort and period effects. It finds that materialism follows a curvilinear trajectory across the lifespan, with the lowest levels at middle age and higher levels before and after that. Essay 2 examines the implications of materialism for consumer savings and finds that materialism has both negative and positive effects on savings over time. Essay 3 examines the dynamic relationships between materialism and subjective well-being over time, and finds that the negative relationship between materialism and well-being is reciprocal, and due to only one of the three materialism dimensions. The other two materialism dimensions have positive effects on consumer well-being. The final chapter provides additional evidence demonstrating the differential and sometimes positive consequences of the materialism dimensions for consumers, and interrelates the findings.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Tilburg University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Pieters, Rik, Promotor
  • Deleersnyder, Barbara, Co-promotor
Award date5 Dec 2018
Place of PublicationTilburg
Publisher
Print ISBNs978 90 5668 577 5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Fingerprint

Materialism
Savings
Consumer well-being
Birth cohort
Consumer value
Well-being
Empirical evidence
Subjective well-being
Life span
Trajectory
Age effects

Cite this

Jaspers, E. (2018). Opening up on consumer materialism. Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.
Jaspers, Esther. / Opening up on consumer materialism. Tilburg : CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2018. 183 p.
@phdthesis{a21cb1c85af146cc9ea0aab0c6344a25,
title = "Opening up on consumer materialism",
abstract = "This dissertation comprises three main empirical essays, and a final chapter that synthesizes the findings and provides additional empirical evidence. The dissertation challenges current dominant theories of consumer materialism that have an overly aggregated, and overly negative, perspective of this consumer value. It shows that the three materialism dimensions have vastly different relationships with related variables, and even have positive consequences for consumers. The first essay examines age effects on materialism while controlling for birth cohort and period effects. It finds that materialism follows a curvilinear trajectory across the lifespan, with the lowest levels at middle age and higher levels before and after that. Essay 2 examines the implications of materialism for consumer savings and finds that materialism has both negative and positive effects on savings over time. Essay 3 examines the dynamic relationships between materialism and subjective well-being over time, and finds that the negative relationship between materialism and well-being is reciprocal, and due to only one of the three materialism dimensions. The other two materialism dimensions have positive effects on consumer well-being. The final chapter provides additional evidence demonstrating the differential and sometimes positive consequences of the materialism dimensions for consumers, and interrelates the findings.",
author = "Esther Jaspers",
note = "CentER Dissertation Series Volume: 576",
year = "2018",
language = "English",
isbn = "978 90 5668 577 5",
volume = "576",
series = "CentER Dissertation Series",
publisher = "CentER, Center for Economic Research",
school = "Tilburg University",

}

Jaspers, E 2018, 'Opening up on consumer materialism', Doctor of Philosophy, Tilburg University, Tilburg.

Opening up on consumer materialism. / Jaspers, Esther.

Tilburg : CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2018. 183 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisScientific

TY - THES

T1 - Opening up on consumer materialism

AU - Jaspers, Esther

N1 - CentER Dissertation Series Volume: 576

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - This dissertation comprises three main empirical essays, and a final chapter that synthesizes the findings and provides additional empirical evidence. The dissertation challenges current dominant theories of consumer materialism that have an overly aggregated, and overly negative, perspective of this consumer value. It shows that the three materialism dimensions have vastly different relationships with related variables, and even have positive consequences for consumers. The first essay examines age effects on materialism while controlling for birth cohort and period effects. It finds that materialism follows a curvilinear trajectory across the lifespan, with the lowest levels at middle age and higher levels before and after that. Essay 2 examines the implications of materialism for consumer savings and finds that materialism has both negative and positive effects on savings over time. Essay 3 examines the dynamic relationships between materialism and subjective well-being over time, and finds that the negative relationship between materialism and well-being is reciprocal, and due to only one of the three materialism dimensions. The other two materialism dimensions have positive effects on consumer well-being. The final chapter provides additional evidence demonstrating the differential and sometimes positive consequences of the materialism dimensions for consumers, and interrelates the findings.

AB - This dissertation comprises three main empirical essays, and a final chapter that synthesizes the findings and provides additional empirical evidence. The dissertation challenges current dominant theories of consumer materialism that have an overly aggregated, and overly negative, perspective of this consumer value. It shows that the three materialism dimensions have vastly different relationships with related variables, and even have positive consequences for consumers. The first essay examines age effects on materialism while controlling for birth cohort and period effects. It finds that materialism follows a curvilinear trajectory across the lifespan, with the lowest levels at middle age and higher levels before and after that. Essay 2 examines the implications of materialism for consumer savings and finds that materialism has both negative and positive effects on savings over time. Essay 3 examines the dynamic relationships between materialism and subjective well-being over time, and finds that the negative relationship between materialism and well-being is reciprocal, and due to only one of the three materialism dimensions. The other two materialism dimensions have positive effects on consumer well-being. The final chapter provides additional evidence demonstrating the differential and sometimes positive consequences of the materialism dimensions for consumers, and interrelates the findings.

M3 - Doctoral Thesis

SN - 978 90 5668 577 5

VL - 576

T3 - CentER Dissertation Series

PB - CentER, Center for Economic Research

CY - Tilburg

ER -

Jaspers E. Opening up on consumer materialism. Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2018. 183 p. (CentER Dissertation Series).