Mental Health and Happiness: Evidence From the U.S. Data
Nazgol Makki and
Madhu S. Mohanty
The American Economist, 2019, vol. 64, issue 2, 197-215
The current study examines the role of poor mental health characterized by depression in the determination of an individualâ€™s happiness measured by self-satisfaction and job satisfaction. Using two samples from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 (NLSY79) and following an ordered probit approach, the study demonstrates that, other variables held constant, an individual suffering from mental depression is likely to have lower levels of self-satisfaction and job satisfaction than those with better mental health. The significance of this variable in both self-satisfaction and job satisfaction regressions indicates that metal health status is an important covariate of an individualâ€™s overall well-being, and should not, therefore, be omitted when estimating relevant happiness equations. JEL Classification Codes : A12, J28, Z13
Keywords: job satisfaction; self-satisfaction; mental health; depression; ordered probit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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