coordinator for Romania
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Influence of subjective factors on the perception of quality of life.
In my second article printed in 1999 I was reporting the discovery of a regularity I called “backward sloping curve of subjective well-being”. That is, when people are asked to evaluate their subjective well-being and that of others (their families, friends, neighbors, peoples from town and peoples from country), the closer peoples are from the respondent, the more their subjective well-being is evaluated as higher (see a presentation in: Media, climate of opinion and subjective well-being). I tested this regularity on several samples, including at national level.
Between 1999 and 2006 I followed a doctoral program in sociology at the University of Bucharest. I was especially preoccupied by the methodological problems of using subjective well-being as a resource for modeling societal outputs of post-communist transition. These pursuits took me to make critical approaches to theories and methodologies in the field.
I addressed the Problems of transforming scales of life satisfaction, and I proposed the use of latent growth curves to model societal changes in subjective well-being (Stability of Happiness in a Changing Society: A Latent Growth Analysis on a Romanian Panel Data).
I explored the influence on subjective well-being of various factors, some of them not studied before: public mood (Mass-media, climate of opinion and subjective well-being), trust in institutions (Trust in Institutions and Well-Being: a State of the Art, Confidence in Government and Happiness in EU and US, and justice beliefs (Justice beliefs in post-communist countries and subjective well-being. A European comparative study).
As a result, I presented multiple evaluations of subjective well-being in post-communist countries using various types of subjective well-being measures - simple (Quality of life in Romania, Transition is over, wait to see the benefits: a comparative evaluation of the effects of post-communist transition on life satisfaction) and complex scales like International Wellbeing Index (Subjective wellbeing in a post-communist country. Romania’s international wellbeing index, (with R.A. Cummins)). Along with these approaches I studied well-being of different socio-demographic groups like adolescents (Sports Participation and Subjective Well-being of Adolescents: Mediation of Self-esteem and Leisure Satisfaction), and immigrants (Subjective well-being of immigrants in Europe and their evaluation of societal conditions. An exploratory study)
My DOCTORAL THESIS called "Happiness in the social context of transitional Romania" tries now to integrate these approaches in a comprehensive social indicators approach to the evaluation of post-communist transition in Romania.