The distribution of subjective well-being in Austria and EU-28
In this paper, we examine the determinants of life satisfaction (that can be observed in the EU-SILC 2013 ad-hoc moduel on subjective well-being) and analyse the relationships with other quality of life key indicators. How does Austria compare to other EU Member States? What are the Austrian specificities and how is the situation in EU-28 as a whole? The descriptive analysis of various socio-demographic groups shows that particularly young persons, people who live in partnership and persons in the higher income groups are among those with highest life satisfaction values. Values of life satisfaction below average, on the other hand, can be found in the groups of non-EU-citizens, separated or divorced people and people in the lowest income quintile. These results provide the basis for linear regressions that are carried out in a second step (for Austria and EU-28). The regression analysis confirms that – above all – material living conditions (such as low income or deprivation), labour market related aspects (e.g. unemployment) and bad health have the strongest negative impact on subjective well-being.