Surveying Transitional Experience and Subjective Well-Being: Income, Work, Family

Economic Systems, Forthcoming

Osteuropa-Institut Munchen Working Paper No. 279

58 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2010  

Ekaterina Selezneva

Osteuropa-Institut (OEI); Institute for Eastern and Southeastern Europe Research (IOS)

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Date Written: February 1, 2010

Abstract

Subjective well-being patterns found for developed economies do not always valid for the economies in transition. This paper overviews happiness and satisfaction studies on income, work and family life domains with a particular attention to those on transitional countries. While there is a range of similarities in conclusions for two types of economies, the main differences seems to be a result of uncertainty and fast changing conditions in transitional settings. The terms ‘happiness’ and ‘life satisfaction’ should be distinguished, when evaluating the successfulness of transformational period and socio-economic policies. A short summary for 76 studies involving subjective indicators on data from the economies in transition is included.

Keywords: Life Satisfaction, Happiness, Transition Economies

JEL Classification: P29, J12, J28

Suggested Citation

Selezneva, Ekaterina, Surveying Transitional Experience and Subjective Well-Being: Income, Work, Family (February 1, 2010). Economic Systems, Forthcoming; Osteuropa-Institut Munchen Working Paper No. 279. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1695558

Ekaterina Selezneva (Contact Author)

Osteuropa-Institut (OEI) ( email )

Landshuter Str. 4
93047 Regensburg
Germany

Institute for Eastern and Southeastern Europe Research (IOS) ( email )

Landshuter Str. 4
Regensburg, 93047
Germany

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