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Tasting Freedom: Happiness, Religion and Economic Transition


Orsolya Lelkes


European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

August 2002

LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASE059

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Economic transition lowered happiness on average, but did not affect all equally. This paper uses Hungarian survey data to study the impact of religion and economic transition on happiness. Religious involvement contributes positively to individuals¿ self-reported well-being. Controlling for personal characteristics of the respondents, money is a less important source of happiness for the religious. The impact of economic transition has varied greatly across different groups. The main winners from increasing economic freedom were the entrepreneurs. The religious were little affected by the changes. This implies that greater ideological freedom, measured by a greater social role of churches, may not influence happiness per se.

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Lelkes, Orsolya, Tasting Freedom: Happiness, Religion and Economic Transition (August 2002). LSE STICERD Research Paper No. CASE059. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1158950

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