Social Indicators Research

, Volume 113, Issue 3, pp 1129–1152

Subjective Well-Being and Armed Conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8

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Shemyakina, O.N. & Plagnol, A.C. Soc Indic Res (2013) 113: 1129. doi:10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8


We analyze survey data from Bosnia and Herzegovina collected after the 1992–1995 Bosnian War to answer the following questions: How does individual subjective well-being evolve in the post-conflict period? Does exposure to conflict have an important role in determining one’s post-war experiences? Our identification strategy relies on regional and individual-level variation in exposure to the conflict. Individual war-related trauma has a negative, significant, and lasting impact on subjective well-being. The effect is stronger for those displaced during the war. Municipality-level conflict measures are not significantly associated with subjective well-being once municipality fixed effects are accounted for.


Bosnia-HerzegovinaCivil warWell-being

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EconomicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK