Subjective Well-Being Across the Lifespan in Europe and Central Asia

28 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

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Jan Bauer

Copenhagen Business School

Victoria Levin

World Bank

Ana Maria Munoz Boudet

World Bank

Peng Nie

University of Hohenheim

Alfonso Sousa-Poza

University of Hohenheim - Institute of Household and Consumer Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: July 28, 2015

Abstract

This paper uses data from the Integrated Values Survey, the Life in Transition Survey, and the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey to analyze the relation between age and subjective well-being in the Europe and Central Asia region. Although the results generally confirm the findings of previous studies of a U-shaped relation between subjective well-being and age for most of the lifecycle, the paper also finds that well-being declines again after people reach their 60s and 70s, giving rise to an S-shaped relation across the entire lifespan. This pattern generally remains robust for most of the cross-sectional and panel analyses. Hence, despite significant heterogeneity in the pattern of well-being across the lifespan in the Europe and Central Asia region, the paper does not observe high levels of cross-country or cross-cohort variation.

Keywords: Science Education, Educational Sciences, Youth and Government, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Population & Development

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Jan and Levin, Victoria and Munoz Boudet, Ana Maria and Nie, Peng and Sousa-Poza, Alfonso, Subjective Well-Being Across the Lifespan in Europe and Central Asia (July 28, 2015). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7378, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637109

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