Money and Mental Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study of Medium-Sized Lottery Wins
28 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2006
Date Written: July 2006
One of the famous questions in social science is whether money makes people happy. We offer new evidence by using longitudinal data on a random sample of Britons who receive medium-sized lottery wins of between £1000 and £120,000 (that is, up to approximately U.S. $200,000). When compared to two control groups - one with no wins and the other with small wins - these individuals go on eventually to exhibit significantly better psychological health. Two years after a lottery win, the average measured improvement in mental wellbeing is 1.4 GHQ points.
Keywords: psychological health, happiness, GHQ, income
JEL Classification: D1, I3
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