Why are Latin Europeans less happy? The impact of hierarchy
AbstractHappiness in the North European is substantially higher than in the South European nations. Only part of that difference can be explained by economic prosperity. This paper explores the effect of social hierarchy. A comparison of contemporary survey findings show that power distance is more pronounced in the South than in the North of Eurpe. Macro‐sociological theory is used to provide an historical account of this difference and it can be used to explain why happiness is ower in hierarchical societies.
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Date of creation: 2012
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life satisfaction; power distance; cross cultural; macro sociology;
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- A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
- D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
- B15 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought through 1925 - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-10-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2012-10-27 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-EVO-2012-10-27 (Evolutionary Economics)
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