Happiness and Physical Activity in Special Populations:Evidence from Korean Survey Data
AbstractThis paper contributes to the literature on happiness by focusing on the effects of physical activity or sport participation on happiness or life satisfaction in a special population. Using survey data collected by the Korean Sports Association for the Disabled, all respondents were legally disabled. This study presents empirical evidence of positive ¡°non-health effects¡± of physical activity on life satisfaction. Approximately a one-level jump in physical activity in the six-level score provided the same improvement in life satisfaction as one-quarter of the effect of the employment status change from unemployed to employed. Additionally, the empirical finding that the level of disability was insignificant in determining subjective well-being is consistent with a threshold argument. Our empirical results also support there being no adaptation to disability, in contrast to findings in the psychology literature.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University in its series Working Papers with number 1002.
Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2010
Date of revision: 2010
Physical activity; Sport Participation; Disability; Subjective well-being;
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- Young Hoon Lee & llhyeok Park, 2010. "Happiness and Physical Activity in Special Populations: Evidence From Korean Survey Data," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 11(2), pages 136-156, April.
- D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
- I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
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