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The effects of Economy, Values and Health on Happiness In Iran: the case of the Kish Island

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  • Torshizian, Eilya
  • Mehrara, Mohsen

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Increasing happiness of population as the ultimate goal has engaged economist’s interest in identifying, measuring and theorizing based on the amount of influence of effective components on happiness. What makes this paper remarkable in contrast to similar studies is its Islamic ideological structure of society and being a free economic zone. Method used to estimating happiness is Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) with latent variables. Results do not confirm presence of the Easterlin paradox in this society and moreover the religious variables are not significant.

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  • Torshizian, Eilya & Mehrara, Mohsen, 2011. "The effects of Economy, Values and Health on Happiness In Iran: the case of the Kish Island," MPRA Paper 30085, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 05 Apr 2011.
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    Keywords

    Behavioral Economics; Economics of Happiness; Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) with latent variables; Subjective Well-Being;

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    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • C30 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - General
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General

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