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Tasting Freedom: happiness, religion and economic transition

Lelkes, Orsolya (2002) Tasting Freedom: happiness, religion and economic transition. CASEpaper, CASE/59. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Economic transition lowered happiness on average, but did not affect all equally. This paper uses Hungarian survey data to study the impact of religion and economic transition on happiness. Religious involvement contributes positively to individuals¿ self-reported well-being. Controlling for personal characteristics of the respondents, money is a less important source of happiness for the religious. The impact of economic transition has varied greatly across different groups. The main winners from increasing economic freedom were the entrepreneurs. The religious were little affected by the changes. This implies that greater ideological freedom, measured by a greater social role of churches, may not influence happiness per se.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case
Additional Information: © 2002 Orsolya Lelkes
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: CASE/59
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008 10:06
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/6384/

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