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Satisfaction with Social Contacts of Older Europeans

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  • Eric Bonsang

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  • Arthur Soest

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This paper analyses the determinants of an important component of well-beingamong individuals aged 50 years or older in eleven European countries: satisfactionwith social contacts. We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirementin Europe and anchoring vignettes to correct for potential differences in responsesscales across countries and socio-demographic groups. On average, older Europeansreport being satisfied with their social contacts, but there exist substantial differencesacross countries: respondents from Northern countries tend to be more satisfied thanindividuals from Central or Mediterranean countries. Our analysis shows that correctingfor response scale differentials alters the country ranking for of satisfaction with socialcontacts, while it has much less effect on the estimates of what drives within countrydeterminants.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Indicators Research.

Volume (Year): 105 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (January)
Pages: 273-292

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Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:105:y:2012:i:2:p:273-292

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Keywords: Anchoring vignettes; Response scale differences; Ageing; I30; J30;

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