Is Football a Matter of Life and Death – Or is it more Important than that?

Football is the national sport of most of the planet. This paper examines how happy the outcomes of football matches make us. We calibrate these results relative to other activities and estimate the dynamic effects these exogenous events have on our utility over time.

Are You Happy While You Work?

Recent work in psychology and economics has investigated ways in which individuals experience their lives. This literature includes influences on individuals’ momentary happiness. We contribute to this literature using a new data source, Mappiness (www.mappiness.org.uk), which permits individuals to record their wellbeing via a smartphone. The data contain more than a million observations on tens of thousands of individuals in the UK, collected since August 2010.

Well-being, Health and Work

This paper presents measures of subjective well-being in England using a specially designed module of the 2010 Health Survey for England. It also looks at the relationship between well-being and labour market status, and, among those who are working, considers how well-being is associated with aspects of job quality.