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Healthy and Happy in Europe? On the Association between Happiness and Life Expectancy over Time

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This paper revisits the standard finding in individual-level studies that happiness leads to longevity. It does so in a cross-country time-series analysis in which the use of a random effects estimator controls for most relevant time-invariant factors. The findings suggest that happiness is negatively associated with longevity at the national level, and suggests a potential indirect transmission channel, as national happiness is negatively associated with public health expenditures. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of the results for public policy and future research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Science & Medicine
Volume66
Issue8
Pages (from-to)1750-1759
ISSN0277-9536
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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