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On the Relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness in the UK

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  • Gschwandtner, Adelina
  • Jewell, Sarah L.
  • Kambhampati, Uma

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In the present paper we attempt to analyse the relationship between ‘lifestyle’ and happiness in the UK using an instrumental variable approach. Our lifestyle variables have a significantly positive impact on happiness and the impact increases with the use of instruments. This suggests that a ‘healthy lifestyle’ has a positive impact on happiness and that any policy improving our lifestyle proxies would also make people happier in the UK.

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  • Gschwandtner, Adelina & Jewell, Sarah L. & Kambhampati, Uma, 2015. "On the Relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness in the UK," 89th Annual Conference, April 13-15, 2015, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 204199, Agricultural Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aesc15:204199
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.204199
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    Health Economics and Policy; Risk and Uncertainty; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession;
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    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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