Social Indicators Research

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 97–120 | Cite as

Sympathy and the Value of Health: The Spill-over Effects of Migraine on Household Well-being

  • Wim Groot
  • Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink


In this paper a model of life satisfactionmeasurement is formulated to calculatehappiness interdependencies. The model isapplied to estimate the spill-over effects ofmigraine headache on well-being. It is foundthat women are more compassionate thanmen. The results also show that ignoringhappiness interdependencies of migraineheadache underestimates the effects of migraineheadache on well-being.

happiness interdependence life-satisfaction migraine willingness to pay 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wim Groot
    • 1
  • Henriëtte Maassen van den Brink
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of General EconomicsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands E-mail

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