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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 88, Issue 3, pp 531–562 | Cite as

Life Satisfaction and Happiness in Turkey

  • Sibel SelimEmail author
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Abstract

This research aims to investigate life satisfaction and happiness in Turkey. It extends the previous researches on subjective well-being (SWB) for Turkey by considering both happiness and life satisfaction. The previous researches for Turkey are local studies, and their findings cannot be generalized to the population of Turkish society. Given these facts, the factors that shape individual happiness and life satisfaction amongst Turkish people are determined using a representative survey of sociocultural and political change, World Values Survey (WVS). Some results obtained in this study are similar to typical findings such as a negative age effect, positive influences of income and health status, and a negative effect of unemployment. Contrary to the expectations, middle education has a negative direct effect on life satisfaction among females, and the upper education level is insignificant in the life satisfaction model. By comparing the correlates of happiness and life satisfaction across different years, this research aims to provide insights for policy makers and professionals to improve the perceived lives of Turkish people.

Keywords

Life satisfaction Happiness Ordered logit model Turkey 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business AdministrationCelal Bayar UniversityManisaTurkey

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