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Statistical Estimation of the Casual Effect of Scoial Economy on Subjective Well-Being

Tae-Hwan Kim (), Hoon Hong, Jonghyun Park, Chung Sik Yoo and Jongick Jang
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Hoon Hong: Yonsei University
Jonghyun Park: Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology
Chung Sik Yoo: Yonsei University
Jongick Jang: Hanshin University

No 2017rwp-104, Working papers from Yonsei University, Yonsei Economics Research Institute

Abstract: It is well known that measuring the non-economic outcomes produced by social economy organizations is fairly difficult and complex. Usually, social economy organizations feature participatory and democratic decision-making processes that help create social capital and relational goods, and they are interested in social integration; accordingly, they tend to create an organizational culture that encourages their workers to contribute to local communities. Therefore, the hypothesis that increased activities of social economy organizations have a causal effect on the subjective well-being of people living near those organizations is highly plausible. In this paper, we estimate the causal effect and attempt to statistically test the hypothesis using a dataset called the ¡°Seoul Survey,¡± which provides observations on the level of subjective well-being of 45,496 citizens living in Seoul and the size of social economy organizations. Controlling for variables in district level and the appropriate socio-economic characteristics of each individual in the dataset, it is found that the size of social organizations is highly significant. This empirical result remains with a causality test using a dummy variable regarding recognition on social economy.

Keywords: Social economy; Collective externalities effect; Subjective well-being; Happiness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37pages
Date: 2017-07
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