nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2018‒03‒05
four papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

  1. Effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake on Subjective Well-Being By Takuya Ishino; Akiko Kamesaka; Toshiya Murai; Masao Ogaki
  2. Internet Use and the U-shaped relationship between Age and Well-being By Fulvio Castellacci; Henrik Schwabe
  3. Conceptual Frameworks for Intentional Approaches to Improving Economic Security and Child Well-Being By Teresa Eckrich Sommer; P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale; Emily Sama-Miller; Christine Ross; Scott Baumgartner
  4. Using Research and Evaluation to Support Programs that Promote Parents' Economic Security and Children's Well-Being By Christine Ross; Emily Sama-Miller; Lily Roberts

  1. By: Takuya Ishino; Akiko Kamesaka; Toshiya Murai; Masao Ogaki
    Abstract: Using a large panel data set that samples over 4000 Japanese, we analyze changes in people’s subjective well-being (happiness) and altruistic worldview before and after the Great East Japan Earthquake. As a result we find that 1) more people replied that their happiness improved after the earthquake than said it worsened, and also that 2) many more Japanese people became more altruistic since the earthquake, even in the most affected areas. One possible interpretation of these results is that an increase in altruism due to the earthquake spurred people to give to charity, which in turn increased their happiness. Our regression analysis yields results that are consistent with this story.Length: 23 pages
  2. By: Fulvio Castellacci (TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo); Henrik Schwabe (TIK Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)
    Abstract: Extant research shows that the relationship between age and well-being is U-shaped. This paper investigates the effects of Internet use on subjective well-being over the life cycle. We argue that Internet use moderates the U-shaped relationship, affecting its turning point and slopes. We use the Eurobarometer annual surveys for the years 2010 to 2013, which provide rich information for close to 100,000 individuals in all European countries. The econometric analysis exploits exogenous variation in broadband Internet take-up across European countries, and presents 2SLS estimations for a recursive bivariate ordered probit model. The results provide support for our main hypothesis. Active Internet users have a different well-being pattern over the life cycle compared to other individuals. Specifically, we find that Internet users experience: (1) a more stable level and less pronounced decrease in life satisfaction in their younger adult life; and (2) an earlier and stronger recovery after the turning point of the U-shape.
    Date: 2018–02
  3. By: Teresa Eckrich Sommer; P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale; Emily Sama-Miller; Christine Ross; Scott Baumgartner
    Abstract: This brief describes two conceptual frameworks that have the potential to expand our understanding of programs that aim to meet the needs of low-income parents and children through intentionally combined activities and approaches.
    Keywords: low-income families, conceptual framework, child well-being, service collaboration, program support, two-generation
    JEL: I J
  4. By: Christine Ross; Emily Sama-Miller; Lily Roberts
    Abstract: This brief describes a continuum of research and evaluation that could help program leaders and staff create more robust programs offering coordinated services to low-income parents and their children.
    Keywords: low-income families, coordinated services, research and evaluation, program support, early childhood, two-generation
    JEL: I J

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