Subjective Well-being Across the Lifespan in Europe and Central Asia

Jan Michael Bauer, Victoria Levin, Ana Maria Munoz Boudet, Peng Nie, Alfonso Sousa-Poza

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    Using data from the Integrated Values Survey (IVS), the Life in Transition Survey (LiTS), and the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS), we analyse the relation between age and subjective well-being in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region and compare it to that in Western Europe. Although our results generally confirm previous studies’ findings of a U-shaped relation between subjective well-being and age for most of the lifecycle, we also find that well-being in ECA declines again after the 70s, giving rise to an S-shape relation across the entire lifespan. When controlling for socio-demographic characteristics, this pattern generally remains robust for most of our cross-sectional and panel analyses. Hence, despite significant heterogeneity in the pattern of well-being across the lifespan within the ECA region, we do not observe high levels of cross-country or cross-cohort variation.
    TidsskriftJournal of Population Ageing
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)125–158
    Antal sider34
    StatusUdgivet - jun. 2017


    • Age
    • Subjective well-being
    • Eastern Europe
    • Central Asia
    • Life satisfaction