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Empirical Analysis of Life Satisfaction in German Benedictine Monasteries

Author(s): Tomáš Janotík MSc.,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2013
Number: 20
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Published in: IES Working Papers 20/2013
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: Benedictine monasteries, life satisfaction, self-determination theory, happiness economics
JEL codes: D2, Z0
Suggested Citation: Janotík, T. (2013). “Empirical Analysis of Life Satisfaction in German Benedictine Monasteries” IES Working Paper 20/2013. IES FSV. Charles University.
Abstract: This paper empirically examines life satisfaction in Benedictine monasteries in
Germany from the perspective of happiness research in economics. A dataset of 154
Benedictine nuns is analyzed. The main objective is to identify the most important
determinants of happiness of Benedictines and to empirically evaluate the
hypothesis that they have very high subjective satisfaction with life. The impact of
various aspects (such as age, health, religiosity, motivation and fulfillment of basic
psychological needs) on life satisfaction is discussed. The fact that Benedictines are
satisfied with their life might explain why this organization was remarkably
successful in the past and that many monasteries managed to survive on the market
for many centuries.
Downloadable: WP_2013_20_Janotik

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