|Title||'How happy are you ...?’ Subjective well-being in East Germany twenty years after unification|
Since the unification of Germany in 1990, East Germans have largely approximated the characteristics of the ‘happiness profile’– but not the overall levels of happiness – of West Germans. Current patterns of subjective well-being among East Germans raise concerns about the contingency of identification with the democratic system of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG); the further entrenchment of financial jealousies between East and West Germany; and the development of a ‘happiness gap’ between the richest and poorest in East German society. A ‘materialist pessimist’ outlook in both West and East Germany may best be explained by cultural factors.
|Journal citation||31 (3), pp. 148-158|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2011.01414.x|