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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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Population Ageing
    Volume10
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)125–158
    Number of pages34
    ISSN1874-7884
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

    Keywords

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

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