New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2012‒11‒24
two papers chosen by

  1. Working Conditions, Lifestyles and Health By Elena Cottini; Paolo Ghinetti
  2. The New Welfare Measures* By D.P. Doessel; Ruth F.G. Williams

  1. By: Elena Cottini (Dondena Center for Research on Social Dynamics, Bocconi University and Center for Corporate Performance, Aarhus University); Paolo Ghinetti (Dipartimento di Studi per l’Economia e l’Impresa, Università del Piemonte Orientale)
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate whether employee health is affected by the environment in which the individual works - in terms of both physical and psychosocial working conditions - and by his or her lifestyle. Health measures are computed from Danish data, and refer to both self assessed general health and two more objective health measures: mental health specific to work-related problems, and physical health. We find that both bad working conditions and bad lifestyles reduce health, especially in its self-assessed component. The impact of lifetsyle indicators have a more modest health impact on both physical and mental health.
    Keywords: working conditions, lifestyle, health
    JEL: I1 C0
    Date: 2012–11–12
  2. By: D.P. Doessel (School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics); Ruth F.G. Williams (School of Economics, La Trobe University)
    Abstract: This paper provides an exposition of the concepts relevant to measuring the economic effect of suicide and the conception of how the social loss from suicide can be incorporated into social welfare measurement. Suicide may perform a “warning” function of immanent societal problems. If so, then its impact must be measured. None of the conventional welfare measures currently pick up this “canary in a coalmine” type of signal.
    Keywords: national accounting, welfare measurement, economic effect of suicide, social welfare, social loss, economic value of longevity EDIRC Provider-Institution: RePEc:edi:sblatau
    JEL: E01 I31 I19
    Date: 2012

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