Financial Situation and Its Consequences on the Quality of Life in the EU Countries

Abstract

There is no agreement in social sciences on the relationship between the objective and subjective side of the quality of life. The survey of Eurobarometer 72.1 conducted in 2009 provided data on different subjective and objective indicators of financial situation. Correlation analyses revealed, that linkages between them were not strong. A great amount of study examined the connections between financial situation and overall feeling of happiness. This study found that the context of the questions influences the magnitude of the effects of material conditions on subjective well-being. The satisfaction with financial situation explained more than twice of the variance of happiness in the Euraboramoter sample—whose main topic was inequalities- than in the fifth wave of the World Values Surveys sample- whose questions were more diverse. Multiple regression analyses indicated that there are differences between countries in the magnitude of the effects of material conditions on subjective well-being. This effect is smaller in the more postmaterialist countries.

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Havasi, V. Financial Situation and Its Consequences on the Quality of Life in the EU Countries. Soc Indic Res 113, 17–35 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-011-9901-y

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Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • Objective and subjective indicators
  • Financial situation
  • Postmaterialism