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Wellbeing over 50

Anand, Paul; Gray, Alastair; Liberini, Federica; Roope, Laurence; Smith, Ron and Thomas, Ranjeeta (2015). Wellbeing over 50. Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 6 pp. 68–78.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Elsevier B.V
ISSN: 2212-8298
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Capabilities Across the Life CourseNot SetLeverhulme Trust
Keywords: old age; happiness; capabilities; ELSA; English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing; constraints; activities; gender differences; grandparent; internet use
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 41154
Depositing User: Paul Anand
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2014 14:37
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 20:23
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41154
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