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Happiness and Physical Activity in Special Populations:Evidence from Korean Survey Data

Young Hoon Lee () and Ilhyeok Park ()
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Ilhyeok Park: Physical Education, Seoul National University, Seoul

No 1002, Working Papers from Research Institute for Market Economy, Sogang University

Abstract: This paper contributes to the literature on happiness by focusing on the effects of physical activity or sport participation on happiness or life satisfaction in a special population. Using survey data collected by the Korean Sports Association for the Disabled, all respondents were legally disabled. This study presents empirical evidence of positive ¡°non-health effects¡± of physical activity on life satisfaction. Approximately a one-level jump in physical activity in the six-level score provided the same improvement in life satisfaction as one-quarter of the effect of the employment status change from unemployed to employed. Additionally, the empirical finding that the level of disability was insignificant in determining subjective well-being is consistent with a threshold argument. Our empirical results also support there being no adaptation to disability, in contrast to findings in the psychology literature.

Keywords: Physical activity; Sport Participation; Disability; Subjective well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D1 I1 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010, Revised 2010
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