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Does government ideology affect personal happiness? A test

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  • Dreher, Axel
  • Öhler, Hannes

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We investigate the impact of government ideology on left-wing as compared to conservative individuals. We find that conservative people are happier, on average. In a sample excluding the richest countries left-wing people are happier under the tenure of left-wing governments.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 111 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 161-165

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:2:p:161-165

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Keywords: Life satisfaction Happiness Government Ideology;

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  1. Ozge Gokdemir & Emine Tahsin, 2014. "Factors that Influence the Life Satisfaction of Women Living in the Northern Cyprus," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 115(3), pages 1071-1085, February.
  2. Bodo Knoll & Hans Pitlik & Martin Rode, 2012. "A Note on the Impact of Economic Regulation on Life Satisfaction," WIFO Working Papers 441, WIFO.
  3. Bodo Knoll & Hans Pitlik & Martin Rode, 2013. "Economic Freedom, Money and Happiness – Why Deregulation Matters Beyond its Wealth Enhancing Effect," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 11(2), pages 35-42, 07.

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