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On the Relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness in the UK: Discussion paper 16/13

Gschwandtner, Adelina and Jewell, Sarah L. and Kambhampati, Uma (2016) On the Relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness in the UK: Discussion paper 16/13. Discussion paper. University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:60741)

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Abstract

In the present paper we attempt to analyse the relationship between ‘lifestyle’ and happiness in the UK using fixed effects and granger causality tests to test for endogeneity. We split the analysis by gender and find different effects between women and men. While men seem to be more physically active and this active lifestyle impacts stronger on their wellbeing than on the one of women, women seem to be more conscientious with respect to nutrition and nutrition impacts stronger on the wellbeing of women than on the wellbeing of men. In general lifestyle variables have a significantly positive impact on happiness and the impact remains significant with the use of fixed effects for both genders. This suggests that a ‘healthy lifestyle’ has a positive impact on happiness and that any policy improving our lifestyle proxies would also make people happier in the UK.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Wellbeing; Life Satisfaction; Happiness; Nutrition; Exercise; Lifestyle; Fixed Effects; Granger Causality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 13:59 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60741 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Gschwandtner, Adelina: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6952-1782
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