Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/105508
Authors: 
Namazie, Ceema
Sanfey, Peter
Year of Publication: 
1998
Series/Report no.: 
Department of Economics Discussion Paper, University of Kent 9808
Abstract: 
We analyze self-reported measures of satisfaction with life in a transition country, Kyrgyzstan, using 1993 household survey data. We test whether higher levels of satisfaction are associated with greater economic well-being. This hypothesis is strongly supported by the data. Unhappiness is prevalent among older people, the unemployed, and those who are divorced. There appears to be little correlation between happiness and either gender or education level. We find some evidence that income relativities, as measured by perceived position on the wealth ladder, also have a strong effect on life satisfaction.
Subjects: 
Happiness
Kyrgyzstan
Transition
Welfare
JEL: 
D10
O53
P20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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