40 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2009
Date Written: July 2009
The nexus between social leisure and life satisfaction is riddled with endogeneity problems. In investigating the causal relationship going from the first to the second variable we start from considering that retirement is an event after which the time investable in (the outside job) relational life increases. We instrument social leisure with the probability of retirement of the three and four years younger cohorts. With such approach we document that social leisure has a positive and significant effect on life satisfaction. Our findings shed some light on the age-happiness pattern. Policy implications are also discussed.
Keywords: life satisfaction, relational goods, social capital
JEL Classification: I30, D61 A11, A13
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Becchetti, Leonardo and Ricca, Elena Giachin and Pelloni, Alessandra, The 60s Turnaround as a Test on the Causal Relationship between Sociability and Happiness (July 2009). SOEPpaper No. 209. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1441901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1441901
By Eva Berger