ERIC Number: EJ907411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Does Country Matter for Subjective Well-Being?
Heukamp, Franz H.; Arino, Miguel A.
Social Indicators Research, v100 n1 p155-170 Jan 2011
It is known that characteristics of individuals explain only a part of the variations in Subjective Well-Being (SWB) between people. The country of origin of an individual accounts for a significant part of these differences. We study what drives the variations in SWB between countries after taking individual characteristics into account. We base our analysis on data from the four waves of the World Values Survey. 64% of the variations between the countries in the sample (64 countries) are explained by the natality rate, life expectancy, the level of corruption and a Muslim culture. This adds to the discussion on the link between economic conditions and SWB. The economic situation is not an explanatory variable in a direct way but indirectly affects SWB through some of the significant variables. Corruption has detrimental effects on SWB beyond its economic consequences.
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Social Indicators, Sociometric Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Economic Factors, Socioeconomic Influences, Well Being, Birth Rate, Islamic Culture, Place of Residence, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Surveys
Springer. 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013. Tel: 800-777-4643; Tel: 212-460-1500; Fax: 212-348-4505; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.springerlink.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A