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Happiness and Physical Activity in Special Populations:Evidence from Korean Survey Data

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  • Young Hoon Lee

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    (Department of Economics, Sogang University, Seoul)

  • Ilhyeok Park

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    (Physical Education, Seoul National University, Seoul)

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This 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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Paper provided by Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University in its series Working Papers with number 1002.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 2010
Date of revision: 2010
Handle: RePEc:sgo:wpaper:1002

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Keywords: Physical activity; Sport Participation; Disability; Subjective well-being;

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  1. Huang, Haifang & Humphreys, Brad R., 2012. "Sports participation and happiness: Evidence from US microdata," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 776-793.
  2. Pawlowski, Tim & Downward, Paul & Rasciute, Simona, 2014. "Does national pride from international sporting success contribute to well-being? An international investigation," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 121-132.

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