English title: Rural–Urban Living and Level of Economic Development as Factors in Subjective Well-Being

Author(s): Felix Requena -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015


This article analyses the combined effect on subjective well-being of rural versus urban environments and a country’s level of economic development. There is a great deal of controversy regarding the subjective well-being of people in different places. Fischer’s works report greater happiness among village inhabitants than among urban residents. However, in ‘Urbanism as a way of life’, Wirth demonstrates the attractiveness of the urban environment in contributing to subjective well-being. Our data set includes 29 countries participating in the 2012 ESS. The results confirm the hypothesis that in wealthier countries, rural living standards are high enough to create a higher level of subjective well-being; while in less developed countries the rural environment cannot compete with urban resources for creating subjective well-being.

Volume: 128

Issue: 2

From page no: 693

To page no: 708

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11205-015-1051-1

Journal: Social Indicators Research

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