Happiness, self-rated health, and income inequality: Evidence from nationwide surveys in Japan
AbstractWe examine how regional inequality affects happiness and self-rated health at an individual level by using micro data from nationwide surveys in Japan. Individuals who live in the area of high inequality tend to report themselves as both unhappy and unhealthy, even after controlling for various individual and regional characteristics and taking into account the correlation between the two subjective outcomes. We also investigate how their sensitivities to regional inequality change by key individual attributes. People with an unstable work status are most affected by inequality when assessing both happiness and health.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series PIE/CIS Discussion Paper with number 451.
Length: 25 p.
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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happiness; self-rated health; income inequality;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-11-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2009-11-21 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HEA-2009-11-21 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2009-11-21 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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