Bon Sauvage or Homo Homini Lupus? Evidence from European Social Survey 2006
18 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2011
Date Written: March 1, 2011
The paper aims at investigating the linkages between civic awareness and subjective well-being in EU countries by using ESS (European Social Survey) 2006 data. In our analysis, civic awareness is measured using an original empirical approach based on factor analysis and the aggregation of a wide set of variables indicating the degree of individual’s involvement in civic participation of her/his community’s life. An ordered probit model is then ran using as dependent variable the question on subjective well-being while, on the other side, an OLS is estimated to investigate determinants of civic culture. The same set of regressors is used. Result evidentiate a robust correlation between the two dimensions of well-being.
Keywords: civic awareness and subjective well-being, factor analysis
JEL Classification: O17, P48, Z13
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