The Effects of COVID-19 on Wellbeing: Evidence from Israel

Eran Feitelson, Pnina Plaut, Eli Salzberger, Deborah Shmueli, Alex Altshuler, Michal Ben-Gal, Fabian Israel, Yonat Rein-Sapir, Danielle Zaychik

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Many aspects of wellbeing have been studied in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, studies that measure a comprehensive, multi-faceted conceptualization of wellbeing are rare. Using a broad conceptualization of wellbeing, based on the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) wellbeing indicators and a theoretical model of wellbeing developed previously, this study empirically assesses the wellbeing effects of COVID-19 in Israel. A representative sample of the adult population in Israel was surveyed and structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to analyze the impacts of the pandemic on a number of wellbeing indicators. Relationships among indicators were also analyzed. The study’s findings highlight the importance of social interactions, economics, mental health, and leisure on wellbeing. The study can be used by policymakers to fully understand the impact of various COVID-19 response policies on the wellbeing of the population.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3750
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2022

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  • COVID-19
  • Israel
  • structural equation modeling
  • systems approach
  • wellbeing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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