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Subjective Well-Being and Armed Conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina

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  • Olga Shemyakina

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  • Anke Plagnol

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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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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  • Olga Shemyakina & Anke Plagnol, 2013. "Subjective Well-Being and Armed Conflict: Evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 113(3), pages 1129-1152, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:113:y:2013:i:3:p:1129-1152
    DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0131-8
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