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Obesity and happiness

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This article provides insight on the relationship between individual obesity and happiness levels. Using the latest available panel data from Germany German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), UK British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), and Australia Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA), we examine whether there is statistical evidence on the impact of overweight on subjective well-being. Instrumental Variable (IV) analysis is utilized under the presence of endogeneity, stemming from several explanatory variables. Results indicate that in all three countries obesity has a negative effect on the subjective well-being of individuals. The results also have important implications for the effect of other socio-demographic, economic and individual characteristics on well-being.

Keywords: D60; I31; happiness; instrumental variable analysis; obesity; subjective well-being

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business and Economics,United Arab Emirates University, PO BOX 17555Al Ain, UAE

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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