Life satisfaction and diet in transition: Evidence from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey

Huffman, Sonya and Rizov, Marian (2018) Life satisfaction and diet in transition: Evidence from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey. Agricultural Economics, 49 (5). pp. 563-574. ISSN 0169-5150

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Abstract

This paper develops a theoretical framework and provides empirical evidence on the impacts of diet
and lifestyles on life satisfaction in Russia using 1995-2005 data from the Russian Longitudinal
Monitoring Survey. Our results suggest that diet measured as calories, fat, protein, and diversity of
food consumption has a statistically significant effect on life satisfaction levels of the Russian
population. In addition, living in a region with higher per capita income increases population’s life
satisfaction. While living in a rural area, having health problems, and having young children affect
individual life satisfaction in Russia in a negative and statistically significantly way. Life satisfaction is
also positively correlated with education and income, and negatively with unemployment. Better understanding of the drivers of life satisfaction and more generally of subjective wellbeing in Russia can assist in the government decision-making processes, including the allocation of scarce resources and the design of public health policies.

Keywords:diet, life satisfaction, transition, Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
L Social studies > L113 Economic Policy
L Social studies > L140 Econometrics
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
L Social studies > L112 Agricultural Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:21 Jun 2018 22:28

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