Subjective Well-Being and Armed Conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina

Social Indicators Research, September 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8

34 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2013

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Olga Shemyakina

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics

Anke Plagnol

City University London - School of Social Sciences

Date Written: March 12, 2012

Abstract

We analyze survey data from Bosnia and Herzegovina collected after the 1992-1995 Bosnian War to answer the following questions: How does individual subjective well-being evolve in the post-conflict period? Does exposure to conflict have an important role in determining one’s post-war experiences? Our identification strategy relies on regional and individual-level variation in exposure to the conflict. Individual war-related trauma has a negative, significant, and lasting impact on subjective well-being. The effect is stronger for those displaced during the war. Municipality-level conflict measures are not significantly associated with subjective well-being once municipality fixed effects are accounted for.

Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina, civil war, well-being

JEL Classification: D60, I31, O15, O52, D74

Suggested Citation

Shemyakina, Olga and Plagnol, Anke, Subjective Well-Being and Armed Conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina (March 12, 2012). Social Indicators Research, September 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079693

Olga Shemyakina (Contact Author)

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics ( email )

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Anke Plagnol

City University London - School of Social Sciences ( email )

London
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.ankeplagnol.com

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