Working Papers, School of Business, Örebro University
Subjective and physiological measures of well-being: an exploratory analysis using birth-cohort data
(), Andrew E Clark
(), Conchita D´Ambrosio
(), Sune Karlsson
() and Nicklas Pettersson
Abstract: We use a rich longitudinal data set following a cohort of
Swedish women from age 10 to 49 to analyse the effects of birth and
early-life conditions on adulthood outcomes. These latter include both
well-being and the stress hormone cortisol. Employment and marital status
are important adult determinants of well-being. Log family income and
absence from school also predict adult well-being, although their
importance falls when controlling for adult and birth characteristics.
Among the birth characteristics, we find that high birth weight (>4.3kg)
affects adult well-being. We predict the level of adult cortisol only
poorly, and suggest that the relationship between life satisfaction and
cortisol is non-monotonic: both high and low cortisol are negatively
correlated with life satisfaction. The results from an OLS life
satisfaction regression and a multinomial logit of high or low cortisol (as
compared to medium) are more similar to each other.
Keywords: life satisfaction; cortisol; birth-cohort data; adult; child and birth outcomes; multivariate imputation by chained equations; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: A12; D60; I31; (follow links to similar papers)
30 pages, October 12, 2017
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