Can Religion Insure Against Aggregate Shocks to Happiness? The Case of Transition Countries
Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS); Charles University in Prague - CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)
October 1, 2010
CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 425
This paper focuses on the effects of reforms and religion on happiness in transition economies. Previous literature suggests that religiousness insures happiness against individual stressful life events, such as unemployment, disability, or marital separation. I estimate an econometric model to study if religion also insures against aggregate shocks to happiness, such as reforms and various changes in political, economic, and social life. The model accounts for the endogeneity of religion and analyzes the effects of religion on life satisfaction, and perceptions of the current economic and political situation in transition countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: happiness, life satisfaction, religion, reforms, transition
JEL Classification: C21, I31, P20, Z12
Date posted: October 31, 2010
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