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Happiness and Social Capital: Evidence from Latin American Countries

  • Francisco Mochón MorcilloEmail author
  • Rebeca de Juan Díaz
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to analyze the impact of the three dimensions of social capital (social networks, social trust and social norms) on the happiness of 18 countries in Latin America during the period 2000–2010. This study has found evidence that (i) social relations and participation in voluntary organizations increase the happiness of individuals, (ii) individuals who generally trust in others and in institutions tend to be more satisfied with life than average and (iii) those individuals who meet social norms, are aware of their obligations and are engaged in favor of their community present higher levels of subjective well-being.

Keywords

Subjective well-being Relational good Social networks Social trust Social norms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Mochón Morcillo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rebeca de Juan Díaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Educación a DistanciaMadridSpain

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