Economia Politica

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 245–272 | Cite as

Poor eudaimonic subjective wellbeing as a mortality risk factor

  • Leonardo BecchettiEmail author
  • Maria Bachelet
  • Fabio Pisani
Original Paper


We investigate the nexus between poverty of sense of life (a dimension of eudaimonic subjective wellbeing) and mortality in a large sample of individuals from several European countries. We find that poverty of sense of life is significantly and positively correlated with mortality, net of the impact of socio-demographic factors, life styles, symptoms and even life and health satisfaction controls. We as well test whether the observed correlation is mainly explained by physiological factors or, as well, by behavioural factors such as unhealthy life styles and/or insufficient physical activity.


Mortality Eudaimonic wellbeing Sense of life 

JEL Classification

I10 Health general I12 Health Behavior I31 General welfare Wellbeing 


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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Becchetti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Bachelet
    • 1
  • Fabio Pisani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceUniversity of Rome Tor VergataRomeItaly

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