• Big Data and Happiness

      Rossouw, S; Greyling, T (Global Labor Organization, 2020)
      The pursuit of happiness. What does that mean? Perhaps a more prominent question to ask is, 'how does one know whether people have succeeded in their pursuit'? Survey data, thus far, has served us well in determining where ...
    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Lockdowns During Covid-19

      Rossouw, S; Greyling, T; Adhikari, T (Public Library of Science (PLoS), 2021)
      Amidst the rapid global spread of Covid-19, many governments enforced country-wide lockdowns, with likely severe well-being consequences. In this regard, South Africa is an extreme case suffering from low levels of well-being, ...
    • Happiness-lost: Did Governments Make the Right Decisions to Combat Covid-19?

      Rossouw, S; Greyling, T; Tamanna, A (Global Labor Organization, 2020)
      Amidst the rapid global spread of Covid-19, many governments enforced country-wide lockdowns, with likely severe well-being consequences. The actions by governments triggered a debate on whether the well-being and economic ...
    • Markov Switching Models for Happiness During a Pandemic: The New Zealand Experience

      Rossouw, S; Greyling, T; Adhikari, T (Global Labor Organization, 2020)
      This paper estimates Markov switching models with daily happiness (GNH) data from New Zealand for a period inclusive of the Covid-19 global health pandemic. This helps us understand the dynamics of happiness due to an ...
    • Sentiment, Emotions and Stock Market Predictability in Developed and Emerging Markets

      Rossouw, S; Greyling, T; Steyn, D (Global Labor Organization, 2020)
      This paper investigates the predictability of stock market movements using text data extracted from the social media platform, Twitter. We analyse text data to determine the sentiment and the emotion embedded in the Tweets ...