February, 27— regular seminar
Topic: “The Role of National Pride in Increasing Subjective Well-being of Russians”
Speaker: Emil Kamalov (LCSR research assistant)
The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research announces the next regular seminar, which will be held in Saint-Petersburg (Sedova st., 55-2, room 303) on February, 27 at 16-45 p.m. Emil Kamalov (LCSR research assistant) will deliver a report “The Role of National Pride in Increasing Subjective Well-being of Russians”
Since the mid-90s, subjective well-being of the Russians was growing due to growing incomes and strengthening optimism about the future. However, the worsening economic situation following the crisis in 2008 did not cause the expected fall in subjective well-being rates. One plausible explanation is the growth of national pride. To identify the role of national pride in increasing Russians’ subjective well-being, we follow several strategies.
First, we employ regression modeling to test whether national pride positively affects happiness and life satisfaction of Russians. Possible compensatory properties of national pride —its purported stronger effect for individuals with low incomes and poor health — are also investigated. Second, we use the method of instrumental variables to address endogeneity problem. Third, to estimate boost which national pride contributed to subjective well-being of Russians, we apply Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition.Data: integrated database of the World Values Survey and the European Values Studycontaining survey data for Russia from 1990 to 2017. Results: the effect of national pride on subjective well-being is positive and statistically significant (β = 0.26, p-value < 0.001), the effect persists while using instrumental variables (β = 0.92, p-value < 0.001); the effect is stronger for people with low incomes. The increase of subjective well-being of Russians from 1995 to 2017 by1.56 points (from 5.06 to 6.62 on a ten-point scale) is partially explained by grown national pride(+0.12, p-value < 0.001) and amplification of its effect on subjective well-being (+0.6, p-value <0.01).
Everyone interested is invited!
Working language is English.
Videoconference with Moscow office of the LCSR (Krivokolenny Pereulok, 3, room 3-333) will be provided. Guests from Moscow are invited to make a request for a pass to the building to Anastasia Ionova (email@example.com) by 12 am of the seminar’s day.
Guests from St. Petersburg are invited to make a request for a pass to the building to Olesya Volchenko (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12 am of the seminar’s day.