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An exploratory analysis of the relationship between social interactions, income and health in Italy

Fiorillo, Damiano and Sabatini, Fabio (2010): An exploratory analysis of the relationship between social interactions, income and health in Italy.

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Abstract

This paper carries out a preliminary and exploratory investigation into the effect of various types of social interaction on health in Italy. After controlling for household income, education, work status and a number of socio-demographic variables, we find that the frequency of meetings with friends is significantly and positively associated with self-perceived health. The frequency of visits with relatives has a significant, but weaker effect. Membership in voluntary organizations is a significant and weakly negative predictor of good health. Other relevant explanatory variables are education and work status.

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