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Subjective well-being across the lifespan in Europe and Central Asia

Jan Michael Bauer, Victoria Levin, Ana Maria Munoz Boudet, Peng Nie () and Alfonso Sousa-Poza ()

No 7378, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-07-28
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