Religiosity and Life Satisfaction in Russia: Evidence from the Russian Data

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Maksym Bryukhanov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Igor Fedotenkov

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: November 13, 2017

Abstract

Does religiosity make you happy? Many studies document positive associations between religiosity and various forms of subjective wellbeing. This is also true for general life satisfaction in normal economic conditions and in the case of economic shocks. However, both life satisfaction and religiosity may be correlated with unobserved individual and household traits or unobserved life shocks which can relate to reverse causality. These facts result in endogeneity and make ordinary least square estimates biased. In our study, we employ two methods to avoid possible endogeneity issues – we use fixed effects and instrumental variable estimations. Using Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) data and different econometric models, we document positive associations between religiosity and life satisfaction. In particular, fixed effect and instrumental variable regressions provide evidence for a positive effect of religiosity.

Keywords: life satisfaction, religiosity, RLMS-HSE, endogeneity

JEL Classification: D10, Z12

Suggested Citation

Bryukhanov, Maksym and Fedotenkov, Igor, Religiosity and Life Satisfaction in Russia: Evidence from the Russian Data (November 13, 2017). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 180/EC/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3070238 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3070238

Maksym Bryukhanov

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Igor Fedotenkov (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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