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The effect of chronic pain on life satisfaction: evidence from Australian data

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Abstract


  • Chronic pain is associated with significant costs to individuals directly affected by this

    condition, their families, the healthcare system, and the society as a whole. This paper

    investigates the relationship between chronic pain and life satisfaction using a sample of

    around 90,000 observations from the first ten waves of the Household, Income and Labour

    Dynamics of Australia Survey (HILDA), which is a representative survey of the Australian

    population that started in 2000. We estimate the negative impact on life satisfaction and

    examine the persistence of the effect over multiple years. Chronic pain is associated with

    poor health conditions, disability, decreased participation in the labour market and lower

    quality of life. We calculate the compensating income variation of chronic pain, based on

    the measurement of chronic pain, the life satisfaction of individuals and the income of

    households. Panel data models with random and fixed effects are used to control for

    characteristics of individuals that do not vary over time. Further, we investigate whether

    individuals who experience chronic pain exhibit adaptation and recovery in life satisfaction

    after 3 years. Overall, we find that chronic pain has a large negative association with life

    satisfaction and that the compensating income variation is substantial (around US$ 640

    per day).

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mcnamee, P. & Mendolia, S. (2014). The effect of chronic pain on life satisfaction: evidence from Australian data. Social Science and Medicine, 121 65-73.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84908041351

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1544&context=buspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/542

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Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 65

End Page


  • 73

Volume


  • 121

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Chronic pain is associated with significant costs to individuals directly affected by this

    condition, their families, the healthcare system, and the society as a whole. This paper

    investigates the relationship between chronic pain and life satisfaction using a sample of

    around 90,000 observations from the first ten waves of the Household, Income and Labour

    Dynamics of Australia Survey (HILDA), which is a representative survey of the Australian

    population that started in 2000. We estimate the negative impact on life satisfaction and

    examine the persistence of the effect over multiple years. Chronic pain is associated with

    poor health conditions, disability, decreased participation in the labour market and lower

    quality of life. We calculate the compensating income variation of chronic pain, based on

    the measurement of chronic pain, the life satisfaction of individuals and the income of

    households. Panel data models with random and fixed effects are used to control for

    characteristics of individuals that do not vary over time. Further, we investigate whether

    individuals who experience chronic pain exhibit adaptation and recovery in life satisfaction

    after 3 years. Overall, we find that chronic pain has a large negative association with life

    satisfaction and that the compensating income variation is substantial (around US$ 640

    per day).

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mcnamee, P. & Mendolia, S. (2014). The effect of chronic pain on life satisfaction: evidence from Australian data. Social Science and Medicine, 121 65-73.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84908041351

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1544&context=buspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/buspapers/542

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 65

End Page


  • 73

Volume


  • 121

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom