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dc.contributor.authorRossouw, Sen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorGreyling, Ten_NZ
dc.contributor.authorTamanna, Aen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-05T02:11:02Z
dc.date.available2020-08-05T02:11:02Z
dc.date.copyright2020-06-07en_NZ
dc.identifier.citationGLO Discussion Paper, No. 556, Global Labor Organization (GLO), Essen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/13578
dc.description.abstractAmidst 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 costs of a lockdown surpass the benefits perceived from a lower infection rate. In this regard, South Africa is an extreme case: enforcing very stringent lockdown regulations, while amid an economic crisis. We analyse the impact of both Covid-19 and the lockdown on happiness. We use the Gross National Happiness Index to compare the determinants of happiness before and after the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. Further, we estimate the likelihood of happiness levels in 2020, reaching the average levels in 2019 using two models; one predicting the likelihood after the lockdown was enforced and the other if no lockdown regulations were in place. The results shed light on happiness outcomes in a scenario of lockdown versus no lockdown.
dc.publisherGlobal Labor Organizationen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttps://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/217494en_NZ
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dc.subjectHappiness; Covid-19; Big data; Regulations; Probabilities; South Africa
dc.titleHappiness-lost: Did Governments Make the Right Decisions to Combat Covid-19?en_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccessen_NZ
aut.relation.softwareversion556en_NZ
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