Are happier people better citizens?

Guven, Cahit 2011, Are happier people better citizens?, Kyklos, vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 178-192.

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Title Are happier people better citizens?
Author(s) Guven, Cahit
Journal name Kyklos
Volume number 64
Issue number 2
Start page 178
End page 192
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-05
ISSN 0023-5962
1467-6435
Summary This paper offers new findings which support the hypothesis that a causal link from happiness to social capital might exist. The paper exploits the very long German socio-economic panel of around 15000 people. Using the prospective study methodology, it finds that happier people contribute more to social capital. Both parametric and nonparametric results suggest that there exists an inverted-U shape relationship between happiness to social capital. Moreover, optimism appears to be an important channel through which happiness is linked to social capital. The paper also presents residual happiness as a measure of optimism which might be a valuable tool for empirical researchers. The results are robust to inclusion of various controls including the initial level of social capital, random sampling, non-linearity, different measures of social capital, and estimation techniques.
Language eng
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 910209 Preference, Behaviour and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035829

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