Investigating the macro determinants of self-rated health and well-being using the european social survey: methodological innovations across countries and time

Christopher Deeming, Kelvyn Jones

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    At present, there is a debate over the relative importance and contribution of household income to well-being, and the link between economic growth, welfare, and well-being is not fully understood. We sought to examine how changes in contextual and individual income (spanning the Great Recession) are associated with changes in self-reported well-being in the European Social Survey (ESS) 2002–2011. A multivariate multilevel analysis was performed on 237,253 individuals nested within 128 country cohorts covering 30 countries. In this article, we focus specifically on the analysis and some of the methodological challenges and issues faced when making international comparisons across nations and time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)256-285
    Number of pages30
    JournalInternational Journal of Sociology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2015


    • multilevel modeling
    • inequality
    • European Social Survey
    • subjective well-being
    • welfare regimes

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