nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2014‒10‒22
five papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. A gender analysis of children’s well-being and capabilities through time use data By Paula Rodríguez-Modroño; Lina Gálvez-Muñoz; Mauricio Matus-López; Mónica Domínguez-Serrano
  2. Disability, life satisfaction and social interaction in Italy By Tindara Addabbo; Elena Sarti; Dario Sciulli
  3. Energy Prices, Energy Poverty, and Well-Being: Evidence for European Countries By Heinz Welsch; Philipp Biermann
  4. Natural Disaster, Environmental Concerns, Well-Being and Policy Action By Jan Goebel; Christian Krekel; Tim Tiefenbach; Nicholas R. Ziebarth
  5. The Repercussions of the Economic Recession in Greece on Adolescents and their Families By Anna Kokkevi; Myrto Stavrou; Eleftheria Kanavou; Anastasios Fotiou; UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

  1. By: Paula Rodríguez-Modroño; Lina Gálvez-Muñoz; Mauricio Matus-López; Mónica Domínguez-Serrano
    Abstract: The main goal of this paper is to analyse gender differences in children’s well-being by applying a capability approach and a gender perspective both to the study of the differences in children’s capabilities by gender and to the study of the impact of the gendered allocation of time on children’s capabilities. The econometric model used is a Multiple Indicator Multiple Causes model (MIMIC). The model is estimated on a sample of children in their middle and late childhood and uses micro-data from the Spanish Time Use Survey. The study focuses on the analysis of well-being through four capabilities: social relations, education and knowledge, leisure and play activities, and domestic and care work. The results point out to the fact that the labour market behaviour by gender is not only related to human capital formation, family conditions or labour market opportunities, but also to children's well-being. Furthermore, gender stereotypes continue influencing the development of children’s capabilities during their process of socialisation.
    Keywords: capabilities, child well-being, time use analysis, structural equation models
    JEL: C35 I30 J22
    Date: 2013–03
  2. By: Tindara Addabbo; Elena Sarti; Dario Sciulli
    Abstract: This paper will focus on the living conditions of disabled people with different degree of limitations as regards to daily activities. In a first step of analysis we focus on the predictors of four specific domains of life satisfaction. In a second step, we attempt to define the different well-being dimensions of disabled people by using the indicators available in the 2011 ISTAT Survey on social inclusion of people with disabilities and by comparing the well-being attainments with respect to the different levels of functional limitations. Given the relevance of social interaction in the life satisfaction of individuals, we focus on this dimension of well-being by analysing the effect of functional limitations on its development, measured by using the observable indicators on the satisfaction of interaction with friends and relatives, the extent of this interaction, and frequency and satisfaction on internet use.
    Keywords: disability, well-being, life satisfaction, social interaction.
    JEL: J71 I10 I14
    Date: 2013–10
  3. By: Heinz Welsch (University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics); Philipp Biermann (University of Oldenburg, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper uses data on the life satisfaction of more than 100,000 individuals in 21 European countries, 2002-2011, to study the relationship between subjective well-being and the prices for households of electricity, oil and gas. We find that energy prices have statistically and economically significant effects on subjective well-being. The effect sizes are smaller than but comparable to the effects of important personal factors of well-being. Effects above average are found in individuals from the lowest income quartile. In addition, effects are strongest at times when required energy expenditures can be expected to be high. The empirical results are consistent with the prediction that greater energy poverty implies a greater effect of energy prices on well-being.
    Keywords: energy price; energy poverty; fuel poverty, consumer welfare; subjective well-being
    JEL: Q41 I31 D12
    Date: 2014–09
  4. By: Jan Goebel; Christian Krekel; Tim Tiefenbach; Nicholas R. Ziebarth
    Date: 2014–05
  5. By: Anna Kokkevi; Myrto Stavrou; Eleftheria Kanavou; Anastasios Fotiou; UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
    Abstract: The impact of the economic crisis is reflected in the increase of parental unemployment, tensions and fights within the family, constraints on going on holidays, and in fewer private lessons. Student’s life satisfaction has fallen. Findings enhance our understanding of the impact of the economic crisis on adolescents and families in Greece. These data may aid the shaping of policies to protect families and their offspring from the repercussions of the current crisis.
    Keywords: adolescent health; economic crisis;
    Date: 2014

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