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The effect of the Brexit referendum result on subjective well‐being

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  • Georgios Kavetsos
  • Ichiro Kawachi
  • Ilias Kyriopoulos
  • Sotiris Vandoros

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We study the effect of the Brexit referendum result on subjective well‐being in the United Kingdom. Using a quasi‐experimental design, we find that the referendum’s outcome led to an overall decrease in subjective well‐being in the United Kingdom compared to a control group. The effect is driven by individuals who hold an overall positive image of the European Union and shows little signs of adaptation during the Brexit transition period. Economic expectations are potential mechanisms of this effect.

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  • Georgios Kavetsos & Ichiro Kawachi & Ilias Kyriopoulos & Sotiris Vandoros, 2021. "The effect of the Brexit referendum result on subjective well‐being," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Royal Statistical Society, vol. 184(2), pages 707-731, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jorssa:v:184:y:2021:i:2:p:707-731
    DOI: 10.1111/rssa.12676
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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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