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The Cultural Drivers of Subjective Well-Being

Pierluigi Conzo, Arnstein Aassve, Giulia Fuochi and Letizia Mencarini

No 93, Working Papers from "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Abstract: The paper provides a framework of how culture affects citizens' subjective well-being. According to self-determination theory, well-being is driven by the satisfaction of three basic psychological needs: autonomy, relatedness and competence. We assess if and to what extent generalized trust and the values of obedience and respect influence the Europeans’ satisfaction of these needs, controlling for income and education. We find positive impact of generalized morality (i.e. high trust and respect, low obedience). Results are robust to different checks for endogeneity, including instrumental variable regressions at country, regional and individual level as well as to panel-data estimations.

Keywords: self-determination; culture; trust; subjective well-being; happiness; life satisfaction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2016-11
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