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Adolescents’ (un)happiness in transition

Tom Coupé and Maksym Obrizan ()

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2018, vol. 46, issue 3, 858-873

Abstract: In this paper, we analyse the life satisfaction of adolescents in transition countries, comparing their life satisfaction with that of their peers in non-transition countries. We find that, at the start of transition, ceteris paribus, the life satisfaction of the adolescents in our sample of transition countries is somewhat smaller, but not significantly so, than the life satisfaction of the adolescents in our sample of non-transition countries. With the economic crisis of the early 1990s, however, the difference increased dramatically, but, by the beginning of the 2000s, this gap had again become fairly limited. From that point, respondents’ health situation, their material wealth and their school experience mattered much more than whether they lived in a transition country or not. Unlike the literature on adults, we do not find that after controlling for individual level variables, macro variables play an important role in adolescent happiness.

Keywords: Happiness; Transition; HBSC (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I3 N44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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