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Damiano Fiorillo and Fabio Sabatini
''An exploratory analysis of the relationship between social interactions, income and health in Italy''
( 2011, Vol. 31 No.2 )
This paper carries out an exploratory investigation into the effect of various types of social interaction on health in Italy. After controlling for household income, education, work status and a number of socio-demographic variables, we find that the frequency of meetings with friends is significantly and positively associated with self-perceived health. The frequency of visits with relatives has a significant, but weaker effect. Membership in voluntary organizations is a significant and weakly negative predictor of good health. Other relevant explanatory variables are education and work status.
Keywords: Statistical matching, well-being, social interactions, social capital, health, Italy
JEL: I1 - Health: General
Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology: General
Manuscript Received : Nov 16 2010 Manuscript Accepted : May 12 2011

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