Ethnicity, subjective well-being and armed conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina

Shemyakina, O. N. & Plagnol, A. (2013). Ethnicity, subjective well-being and armed conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Social Indicators Research, 113(3), pp. 1129-1152. doi: 10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8

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Abstract

We analyze survey data from Bosnia and Herzegovina collected after the 1992–1995 Bosnian War to answer the following questions: How does individual subjective well-being evolve in the post-conflict period? Does exposure to conflict have an important role in determining one’s post-war experiences? Our identification strategy relies on regional and individual-level variation in exposure to the conflict. Individual war-related trauma has a negative, significant, and lasting impact on subjective well-being. The effect is stronger for those displaced during the war. Municipality-level conflict measures are not significantly associated with subjective well-being once municipality fixed effects are accounted for.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Civil war, Well-being
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/14504

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