Despite higher mortality rates, Scots are happier than English, research by Danny Blanchflower and David Bell shows



Scots are happier than English citizens today, despite higher mortality rates, according to a report by two widely regarded economists.

“Contrary to what we found in an earlier paper, people living in Scotland are happier than those living in England, despite paradoxically having higher mortality and suicide rates.”Contrary to what we found in an earlier paper, people living in Scotland are happier than those living in England.

Former MPC member Danny Blanchflower will be researching at the University of Glasgow on Scottish independence and central banking issues.

They remember that Scotland ranks second only to Northern Ireland, which in each of the equations is’ the happiest of the four homelands.’

The economists point out that Scotland has overtaken England in terms of people’s happiness: “This contrasts with our findings in an earlier paper, Bell and Blanchflower (2007), where using four-stage Eurobarometer data on life satisfaction for 1973-2002, Scotland was found to have significantly lower life satisfaction than England – this is no longer the case in the raw data.”

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“Scotland has a low point in midlife well-being similar to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”Scotland has a midlife well-being low point similar to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“In their research, entitled “The U-Shape of Happiness in Scotland,” they say, “This result is consistent with a number of other studies that have found a well-defined U-shape of well-being for the UK and most other countries in the world and a hump shape of unhappiness.

The economists explain, “Using a variety of measures of both happiness and unhappiness, we find evidence of a trough in midlife well-being in Scotland around age fifty.” We affirm that increased intake of fruit and vegetables is correlated with higher levels of satisfaction in Scotland.

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“I will literally come to think about Scotland.”I’m going to come to think about Scotland literally.

Noting the relatively high popularity of the Scottish government with voters and its decisions to make goods free for the duration and give Scots free education, while also touting the support of the country for membership in the European Union, he said at the time, “I think the appeal of Scotland has suddenly really jumped.”


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