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The relationship between happiness and health: evidence from Italy

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  • Sabatini, Fabio

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We test the relationship between happiness and self-rated health in Italy. The analysis relies on a unique dataset collected through the administration of a questionnaire to a representative sample (n = 817) of the population of the Italian Province of Trento in March 2011. Based on probit regressions, instrumental variables estimates and structural equations modelling, we find that happiness is strongly correlated with perceived good health, after controlling for a number of relevant socio-economic phenomena. Health inequalities based on income, work status and education are relatively contained in respect to the rest of Italy. As expected, this scales down the role of social capital.

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  • Sabatini, Fabio, 2011. "The relationship between happiness and health: evidence from Italy," AICCON Working Papers 91-2011, Associazione Italiana per la Cultura della Cooperazione e del Non Profit.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:aiccon:2011_091
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    1. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio R. Andrés, 2015. "Influence of age of child on differences in life satisfaction of males and females," Journal of Economics and Econometrics, Economics and Econometrics Society, vol. 58(1), pages 1-25.
    2. Eiji Yamamura & Antonio R. Andrés, 2011. "Influence of age of child on differences in marital satisfaction of males and females in East Asian countries," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2011_19, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
    3. Sabatini, Fabio, 2011. "Democracy or videocracy? An econometric analysis of the role of television in the Italian political arena," MPRA Paper 31117, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Fabio Sabatini, 2012. "Who Trusts B erlusconi? An Econometric Analysis of the Role of Television in the Political Arena," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(1), pages 111-131, February.

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    Keywords

    cooperative enterprises; happiness; health; instrumental variables; Italy; life satisfaction; non-profit; social capital; structural equations modelling.;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health

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