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Title: Hypertension and happiness across nations
Authors: Blanchflower, David
Oswald, Andrew J
Contact Email: david.blanchflower@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Gross national happiness
GHQ
Blood pressure
Health
Hypertension
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Blanchflower D & Oswald AJ (2008) Hypertension and happiness across nations, Journal of Health Economics, 27 (2), pp. 218-233.
Abstract: In surveys of well-being, countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands emerge as particularly happy while nations like Germany and Italy report lower levels of happiness. But are these kinds of findings credible? This paper provides some evidence that the answer is yes. Using data on 16 countries, it shows that happier nations report systematically lower levels of hypertension. As well as potentially validating the differences in measured happiness across nations, this suggests that blood-pressure readings might be valuable as part of a national well-being index. A new ranking of European nations' GHQ-N6 mental health scores is also given.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10169
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2007.06.002
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Affiliation: Economics
University of Warwick

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