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Does government ideology affect personal happiness? A test

  • Dreher, Axel
  • Öhler, Hannes

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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