Happiness in Eastern Europe

Marburg Economic Working Paper No. 12

23 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2004

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Bernd Hayo

University of Marburg - School of Business & Economics

Date Written: September 2004


This paper analyses the determinants of happiness in seven Eastern European transition countries during the early phase of economic transition. The analysis of representative survey data in an ordered logit model shows that those core socio-demographic and economic variables known to be relevant from studies on the US and Western European countries have a similar impact on happiness in Eastern Europe. In addition, rural dwellers and church goers experience greater life-satisfaction. Aggregate unemployment can explain more of the cross-country variation in happiness than income per capita.

Keywords: Happiness, well-being, transition countries, Eastern Europe

JEL Classification: D60, I31, P2

Suggested Citation

Hayo, Bernd, Happiness in Eastern Europe (September 2004). Marburg Economic Working Paper No. 12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=601201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.601201

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