Can the large swings in Russian life satisfaction be explained by ups and downs in real incomes?

Paul Frijters, Ingo Geishecker, John P Haisken-Denew, Michael A Shields

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Russians reported large changes in their life satisfaction over the post-transition years. In this paper, we explore the factors that drove these changes, focusing on exogenous income changes, using panel data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey over the period 1995 to 2001 and implementing a recently developed ordinal fixed-effects estimator. We apply a causal decomposition technique that allows for bias arising from panel attrition when establishing aggregate trends in life satisfaction. Changes in real household incomes explained 10 of the total change in reported life satisfaction between 1996 and 2000, but up to 30 of some year-on-year changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433 - 458
Number of pages26
JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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