AbstractFreedom and life satisfaction are desirable conditions and they both have a special meaning in Eastern Europe–transition was largely about gaining freedom and ultimately overall well-being. There are several studies about the effect of freedom on life satisfaction, but none of them focuses on Eastern Europe. I investigate the effect of self-reported freedom on life satisfaction in post-transition Eastern Europe using the World Values Survey. Surprisingly, East Europeans feel less free and less satisfied with their lives than other nationals. But a personal feeling of freedom increases their life satisfaction at a higher rate than in other countries. Freedom is a strong predictor of life satisfaction as compared to national income.
SubjectsEurope, Eastern, Life satisfaction, Freedom, Transition
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