Measuring changes in subjective well-being from engagement in the arts, culture and sport

Wheatley, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-6753-2867 and Bickerton, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4942-3453, 2019. Measuring changes in subjective well-being from engagement in the arts, culture and sport. Journal of Cultural Economics, 43 (3), pp. 421-442. ISSN 0885-2545

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This paper considers change in subjective well-being from engagement in leisure activities, encompassing the arts, culture and sport. Using UK data from waves 2 (2010–2011) and 5 (2013–2014) of Understanding Society, ordered logit, generalized ordered logit, ANCOVA and change score analysis assesses the effects of changing levels of engagement in leisure activities on four measures of subjective well-being, satisfaction with life overall, amount of leisure time, health and job. We find positive changes in (1) life satisfaction from increased engagement in arts events, historical sites and museums, (2) leisure satisfaction from arts activities and events, (3) health satisfaction from arts events and historical sites and (4) well-being measures from increased participation in moderate- and mild-intensity sport. Benefits do not translate to job satisfaction, suggesting a separation of this domain of well-being from leisure. Our analysis suggests important, but differentiated, positive change in well-being from greater engagement in the arts, culture and sport.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Cultural Economics
Creators: Wheatley, D. and Bickerton, C.
Publisher: Springer US
Date: September 2019
Volume: 43
Number: 3
ISSN: 0885-2545
9342Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: OpenAccess: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 25 Mar 2019 14:43
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2020 16:05

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