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The Causal Effects of Income Support and Housing Benefits on Mental Well-Being: An Application of a Bayesian Network

Ozdamar, O and Giovanis, E (2017) The Causal Effects of Income Support and Housing Benefits on Mental Well-Being: An Application of a Bayesian Network. Metroeconomica, 68 (3). pp. 398-424. ISSN 0026-1386

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Abstract

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This study explores the causal effects of air pollution, income support, housing benefits and household income on the subjective mental well-being in United Kingdom (UK). Additionally, the analysis considers the effects of air pollution and weather conditions. The estimates are based on data from the British Household Panel Survey. The results show that those who are unemployed or who have a low income and who claim the benefits report higher levels of mental well-being than those who do not claim them. Moreover, the marginal willingness to pay (MWTP) for an improvement on air quality are lower in the case of the Bayesian Network.

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