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Health and Happiness in Uruguay

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  • Mariana Gerstenblüth

    () (Department of Economics (dECON), Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)

  • Todd Jewell

    () (Department of Economics, University of North Texas)

  • Máximo Rossi

    () (Department of Economics (dECON), Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay)

Abstract

This article presents a study of the relationship between self-reported happiness and selfassessed health status at the individual level, using the Religion, Health, and Young Emancipation ISSP survey for Uruguay in 2008. Probit estimates suggest that better selfassessed health status is highly correlated with greater levels of self-reported happiness. In order to control for the observed heterogeneity, models are estimated using matching methods. Results show that individuals who report themselves to be in good health have a probability of being at the highest level of happiness between 18 and 29 percentage points higher than individuals who report worse health.

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  • Mariana Gerstenblüth & Todd Jewell & Máximo Rossi, 2010. "Health and Happiness in Uruguay," ThE Papers 10/06, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
  • Handle: RePEc:gra:wpaper:10/06
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    happiness; health; matching methods;

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