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Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 947–962 | Cite as

Religiosity and Subjective Well-Being Among Old People: Evidence from a Transitional Country

  • Tuyen Quang TranEmail author
  • Thanh Quy Nguyen
  • Huong Van Vu
  • Tinh Thanh Doan
Article

Abstract

Using data from the 2011 Vietnam National Aging Survey, we examined whether religion is associated with subjective well-being (i.e. happiness or life satisfaction) among old people in Vietnam. Our regression analysis provided the first evidence that some religious affiliations are negatively related to happiness. Buddhists and Caodaists are less happy than their non-religious counterparts, even after controlling for several household and individual attributes. However, this negative association does not hold for Christians. This finding is robust to the choice of key covariates and specification of econometric models. Our finding supports the hypothesis that religiosity tends to be linked with unhappiness in transitional countries possibly because in these countries those who are religious often consist disproportionately of new, relatively unhappy recruits.

Keywords

Aging Elderly Religiosity Subjective well-being Transitional countries 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest in this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tuyen Quang Tran
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thanh Quy Nguyen
    • 2
  • Huong Van Vu
    • 3
  • Tinh Thanh Doan
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Economics and Business, Vietnam National UniversityHanoiVietnam
  2. 2.Institute for Education Quality AssuranceVietnam National UniversityHanoiVietnam
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsAcademy of FinanceHanoiVietnam
  4. 4.University of Economics and Business, Vietnam National UniversityHanoiVietnam

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