English title: Subjective well-being in Europe: a multidimensional statistical analysis of ESS data
Author(s): Vasileios Ismyrlis - Efstratios Moschidis -
Type: Journal article
Subjective well-being (SWB) refers to peoples own evaluations of their lives, evaluations that are both affective and cognitive where the affective part is better known as happiness and the cognitive as life satisfaction. Many studies have been conducted to discover the determinants of well-being and most of them have outlined the importance of households income. Nevertheless, the relationship of income and SWB is not so simple and many other factors can intervene. In this study, the main source of the data analyzed is ESS, a large multi-country survey, which has as the main scope to evaluate social characteristics of European citizens. We attempted to discover the most important social factors that influence two determinants of SWB, happiness(H) and life satisfaction(LS) and whether H and LS have the same impact on other variables. For the analysis of the data a method from the multidimensional field is applied, Correspondence analysis (CA). The final results extracted, seem to prove that LS and H display the similar attitude with most variables of the study and it was deduced that income is not the most important determinant of SWB.
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Journal: International Journal of Happiness and Development