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Does Participation in Community Activities Increase One's Subjective Well-Being?: Quantitative Analysis Considering Causality and External Effect in Japan

Masato Yodo ()
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Masato Yodo: Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University

No 1064, KIER Working Papers from Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research

Abstract: In recent years, interest in community activities has been growing. This study examines the causal relationship between community activity participation and subjective well-being, using data from a nationwide online questionnaire survey. The results show that participation in community activities increases the subjective well-being of individuals, and that it would also increase the well-being of non-participants through improvements of the local living environment and the propagation of the sense of well-being. These results support the significance of policy initiatives to community activities and indicate that such policies could be evaluated in terms of well-being.

Keywords: community activity; subjective well-being; endogeneity; instrumental variable methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2021-07
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