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The relationship between well-being and commuting re-visited: does the choice of methodology matter?

Dickerson, A., Risa Hole, A. and Munford, L. (2012) The relationship between well-being and commuting re-visited: does the choice of methodology matter? Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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This paper provides an assessment of a range of alternative estimators for fixed-effects ordered models in the context of estimating the relationship between sub- jective well-being and commuting behaviour. In contrast to previous papers in the literature we find no evidence that longer commutes are associated with lower lev- els of subjective well-being, in general. From a methodological point of view our results support earlier findings that linear and ordered fixed-effects models of life satisfaction give similar results. However, we argue that ordered models are more appropriate as they are theoretically preferable, straightforward to implement and lead to easily interpretable results.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: well-being; commuting; fixed-effects;
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 09:10
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 21:08
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: 2012016
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74397

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