Satisfaction with social contacts of older Europeans

E.D.M. Bonsang*, A. van Soest

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This paper analyses the determinants of an important component of well-being among individuals aged 50 years or older in eleven european countries: satisfaction with social contacts. We use data from the survey of health, ageing and retirement in europe and anchoring vignettes to correct for potential differences in responses scales across countries and socio-demographic groups. On average, older europeans report being satisfied with their social contacts, but there exist substantial differences across countries: respondents from northern countries tend to be more satisfied than individuals from central or mediterranean countries. Our analysis shows that correcting for response scale differentials alters the country ranking for of satisfaction with social contacts, while it has much less effect on the estimates of what drives within country determinants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-292
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


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