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

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  • Young Hoon Lee

    () (Department of Economics, Sogang University, Seoul)

  • Ilhyeok Park

    () (Physical Education, Seoul National University, Seoul)

Abstract

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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  • Young Hoon Lee & Ilhyeok Park, 2010. "Happiness and Physical Activity in Special Populations:Evidence from Korean Survey Data," Working Papers 1002, Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University, revised 2010.
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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. Di Bartolomeo Giovanni & Stefano Papa, 2017. "The effects of physical activity on social interactions: The case of trust and trustworthiness," wp.comunite 00134, Department of Communication, University of Teramo.
    3. Hao Yuan, 2016. "Structural Social Capital, Household Income and Life Satisfaction: The Evidence from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong-Province, China," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 17(2), pages 569-586, April.
    4. 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.
    5. Paul Downward & Simona Rasciute, 2011. "An Economic Analysis of the Subjective Health and Well-being of Physical Activity," Chapters,in: The Economics of Sport, Health and Happiness, chapter 2 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    6. repec:spr:ariqol:v:12:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s11482-016-9473-8 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • I1 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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