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How do cultural activities influence happiness? Investigating the relationship between self-reported well-being and leisure

Victoria Ateca-Amestoy (), Mariana Gerstenblüth, Irene Mussio and Maximo Rossi ()
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Mariana Gerstenblüth: Universidad de la República de Uruguay
Irene Mussio: Universidad de la República de Uruguay

Estudios Económicos, 2016, vol. 31, issue 2, 217-234

Abstract: Leisure is a human condition related to the discretionary use of time in a rewarding way that contributes to individual well-being. Individuals decide to engage on cultural activities to enjoy pleasant experiences. Cultural participation can be explained in different dimension, considering how the individual access those cultural experiences: by live attendance, by home consumption, by community practice. We find that the magnitude of the positive effect of cultural activities on the top happiness goes in this descending order: cinema going, participat- ing in cultural events,listening to music,reading books and watching TV.

Keywords: happiness; leisure; culture; well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I30 Z10 Z11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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