Does your culture affect your retirement decision? Evidence from Switzerland

LausanneLionel Cottier, University of Lausanne

The impact of culture on individuals’ decisions is a question which has interested economists and other social scientists for a long time. People choose their job, follow a certain lifestyle and make choices based on many factors. Continue reading “Does your culture affect your retirement decision? Evidence from Switzerland”

Intergenerational social mobility: a Europe wide picture

PBN1Marii Paskov, Institute for New Economic Thinking and Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, Erzsébet Bukodi, Nuffield College, University of Oxford and Brian Nolan, Institute for New Economic Thinking, University of Oxford

Intergenerational social mobility refers to the relationship between the socio-economic position an individual occupies and the socio-economic position in which he or she was brought up. Continue reading “Intergenerational social mobility: a Europe wide picture”

What makes entrepreneurs happy?


Maria Petrescu, Nova Southeastern University and Aycan Kara, Indiana University Southeast

Is it the amount of money they make or the excitement they encounter in their job? Are self-employed individuals on their own, with no employees, happier because of the independence they have or are they more stressed out because of their sole responsibility for the functioning of their venture? Continue reading “What makes entrepreneurs happy?”

Social capital and subjective well-being

2016-03-31-europe-energy-unionAnna Ermolina, PhD student, Russian Plekhanov University of Economics

This research aims to explore the importance of social capital for subjective well-being (SWB) in the late life in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. Continue reading “Social capital and subjective well-being”

Cross-country variations in happiness

MB1Marion Burkimsher, Affiliate Researcher, University of Lausanne

The question “Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are?” has been fielded in all seven waves of the European Social Survey. We looked at the trends over the seven waves from 2002-2014  Continue reading “Cross-country variations in happiness”

The role of elections in anti-immigrant sentiment

Lausanne_cathedralCarolyn Keller, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Keene State College

In November 2015, I had the opportunity to walk two blocks to the high school down the road and watch Donald Trump stump for the New Hampshire primary.  It was during this event that Mr. Trump said, for the first time, that all Syrians are “on notice” and threatened to send them all back to Syria upon his election. Continue reading “The role of elections in anti-immigrant sentiment”

What is the role of government?

Breznau New Image Culture and Welfare State Attitudes blogNate Breznau, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), Germany

Individuals have all kinds of ideas about what their governments should and should not provide for them and others. Their preferences for the ideal role of government can be particularly heated or contentious due to the massive amounts of goods and services that governments provide via social welfare policies; things like pensions, health care and (un)employment. Continue reading “What is the role of government?”

How Closely Do Youth Follow in their Parents’ Footsteps?

KB1Katherine Baird, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Washington Tacoma

All countries care about social mobility. It isn’t easy to measure social mobility, though, and harder still to know how countries compare on this score. Whether any particular policy actually enhances mobility is often anyone’s guess.

Continue reading “How Closely Do Youth Follow in their Parents’ Footsteps?”

Mitigating Euroscepticism and Anti-Immigration in Europe by Building Trust in Institutions

ENK1Elif Naz Kayran, PhD candidate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva

What are the determinants of the growing Euroscepticism and anti-immigration attitudes in European societies? The aim of this study was to answer this important societal question by using European Social Survey data from waves 4, 6 and 7. Continue reading “Mitigating Euroscepticism and Anti-Immigration in Europe by Building Trust in Institutions”

Fairness and life satisfaction: a happy relationship?

Main motivation graph with distributionDaphne Nicolitsas, Department of Economics, University of Crete

The use of subjective well-being measures (SWB), notwithstanding their shortcomings, are increasingly being used to assess the welfare of societies. Continue reading “Fairness and life satisfaction: a happy relationship?”