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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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  • Dreher, Axel & Öhler, Hannes, 2011. "Does government ideology affect personal happiness? A test," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 111(2), pages 161-165, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:111:y:2011:i:2:p:161-165
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