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Felicidad y salud: una aproximación al bienestar en el Río de la Plata

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  • Mariana Gerstenblüth

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Máximo Rossi

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Patricia Triunfo

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

Abstract

In this study we analyze data on happiness to find out the relationship between this issue and others aspects of life, based on the Latinobarometro 2004 for Argentina and Uruguay. The focus is put on self-reported health status as a key aspect in increasing happiness levels, although we also analyze the relationship between happiness and income, age, gender, education, employment status and religiosity. Then, the probabilty of being happy is econometrically estimated by probit models for each country and the region. Results show that the main relationship is between happiness and health status. Whether this is a causal effect or only a correlation, is not clear. This issue is explored by using propensity score matching methods, finding that reporting a good health status increases the probability of being satisfied with life by 31 and 46 percentage points in Uruguay, 15 and 27 percentage points in Argentina; and between 17 and 27 percentage points for the pool data. According to previous literature, we find that the relationship between age and happiness is U-shaped, with happiness being lowest in the age of 52.

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  • Mariana Gerstenblüth & Máximo Rossi & Patricia Triunfo, 2007. "Felicidad y salud: una aproximación al bienestar en el Río de la Plata," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 1507, Department of Economics - dECON.
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    1. Cid, Alejandro & Ferrés, Daniel & Rossi, Máximo, 2008. "Subjective Well-Being in the Southen Cone: Health, Income and Family," MPRA Paper 39909, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    happiness; health; propensity score methods;

    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior

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