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    Wellbeing over 50

    Anand, P. and Gray, A. and Liberini, F. and Roope, L. and Smith, Ron P. and Thomas, R. (2015) Wellbeing over 50. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 6 , pp. 68-78. ISSN 2212-828X.

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    Abstract

    Drawing on the Senian capability approach to welfare economics and using panel data from the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA), this paper illustrates how the approach can be used to shed light on wellbeing in older age. Specifically, we estimate models of variables related to three aspects of a person’s wellbeing: daily activities, happiness and capabilities. Results indicate that the production of activities depends significantly inter alia on education, health and gender; that happiness is related to a wide variety of activities and that there are potentially significant gender inequalities in some of the constraints that older people face and which impinge upon their wellbeing. The paper concludes by suggesting that the capabilities approach is a workable tool for exploring the production and distribution of wellbeing in older age.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sen’s capabilities approach, Happiness, Daily activities, Constraints, Inequalities, Older age
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
    Research Centre: Applied Macroeconomics, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 09:14
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 09:11
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11842

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