"I'm afraid I have bad news for you. . ." Estimating the impact of different health impairments on subjective well-being

Martin Binder*, Alex Coad

*この研究の対応する著者

研究成果: Article査読

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Bad health decreases individuals' happiness, but few studies measure the impact of specific illnesses. We apply matching estimators to examine how changes in different (objective) conditions of bad health affect subjective well-being for a sample of 100,265 observations from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) database (1996-2006). The strongest effect is for alcohol and drug abuse, followed by anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses, stroke and cancer. Adaptation to health impairments varies across health impairments. There is also a puzzling asymmetry: strong adverse reactions to deteriorations in health appear alongside weak increases in well-being after health improvements. In conclusion, our analysis offers a more detailed account of how bad health influences happiness than accounts focusing on how bad self-assessed health affects individual well-being.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)155-167
ページ数13
ジャーナルSocial Science and Medicine
87
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2013 6月
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 健康(社会科学)
  • 科学史および科学哲学

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