Human well-being and causality in social epidemiology

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Oswald, Andrew J. (2007)

This paper discusses the work of Ballas and Dorling on life events and happiness.\ud I believe epidemiologists have things they could learn from economists (and vice\ud versa). Here I emphasize the issue of how to establish causality, and try to\ud suggest some ways forward.
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