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An exploratory analysis of the relationship between social interactions, income and health in Italy

Damiano Fiorillo () and Fabio Sabatini ()

Economics Bulletin, 2011, vol. 31, issue 2, 1336-1352

Abstract: This paper carries out an exploratory investigation into the effect of various types of social interaction on health in Italy. After controlling for household income, education, work status and a number of socio-demographic variables, we find that the frequency of meetings with friends is significantly and positively associated with self-perceived health. The frequency of visits with relatives has a significant, but weaker effect. Membership in voluntary organizations is a significant and weakly negative predictor of good health. Other relevant explanatory variables are education and work status.

Keywords: Statistical matching; well-being; social interactions; social capital; health; Italy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-05-12
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