English title: Hypertension and happiness across nations

Author(s): David G. Blanchflower - Andrew J. Oswald -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


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.

Volume: 27

Issue: 2

From page no: 218

To page no: 233

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.JHEALECO.2007.06.002

Journal: Journal of Health Economics

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