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Poor eudaimonic subjective wellbeing as a mortality risk factor

Leonardo Becchetti (), Maria Bachelet and Fabio Pisani ()
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Maria Bachelet: University of Rome Tor Vergata

Economia Politica: Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, 2019, vol. 36, issue 1, No 10, 245-272

Abstract: Abstract We investigate the nexus between poverty of sense of life (a dimension of eudaimonic subjective wellbeing) and mortality in a large sample of individuals from several European countries. We find that poverty of sense of life is significantly and positively correlated with mortality, net of the impact of socio-demographic factors, life styles, symptoms and even life and health satisfaction controls. We as well test whether the observed correlation is mainly explained by physiological factors or, as well, by behavioural factors such as unhealthy life styles and/or insufficient physical activity.

Keywords: Mortality; Eudaimonic wellbeing; Sense of life (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I12 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1007/s40888-018-0134-2

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