Based on economic and sociological research, this chapter examines (in)stability of behavioural patterns across developed countries and countries in transition. At first it introduces the notion of subjective well-being (SWB) and its components. Then it turns to the existing SWB gap between developed countries and countries in transition and defines the socio-demographic characteristics of the winners of transition. Further on, the focus moves to the role of economic environment and labour market conditions. Finally, we consider the role of societal and institutional characteristics, which are increasingly recognized as being more important than economic ones.


Subjective Well-Being Happiness Life Satisfaction Central and Eastern Europe Ex-Communist Countries 


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