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Why are Latin Europeans less happy? The impact of hierarchy

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  • Brule, Gael
  • Veenhoven, Ruut

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Happiness 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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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 41925.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Keywords: life satisfaction; power distance; cross cultural; macro sociology;

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  1. Christian Bjørnskov & Axel Dreher & Justina A.V. Fischer, 2007. "On Gender Inequality and Life Satisfaction: Does Discrimination Matter?," KOF Working papers 07-161, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  2. Jan Ott, 2010. "Good Governance and Happiness in Nations: Technical Quality Precedes Democracy and Quality Beats Size," Journal of Happiness Studies, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 353-368, June.
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  4. Ruut Veenhoven, 1999. "Quality-of-Life in Individualistic Society," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 48(2), pages 159-188, October.
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  1. Hierarchy and Life Satisfaction
    by UDADISI in UDADISI on 2012-11-03 14:36:00

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