An exploratory analysis of the relationship between social interactions, income and health in Italy
Damiano Fiorillo () and
Fabio Sabatini ()
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This paper carries out a preliminary and 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; income; wealth; well-being; social interactions; social capital; health; Italy. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I12 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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