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Subjective Well-Being and Peaceful Uprisings

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  • Witte,Caroline T.
  • Burger,Martijn J.
  • Ianchovichina,Elena

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This study analyzes whether subjective well-being measures can explain variation in peaceful uprisings, in addition to the objective measures typically used in analyses of this type of events. Using data on uprisings and subjective well-being for 118 countries from 2007 to 2014 -- a period during which nonviolent conflict became increasingly prevalent -- the study finds evidence of a positive effect of life dissatisfaction on the incidence of peaceful uprising, but not its violent counterpart. This effect does not depend on the type of political regime, nor the stage of development, and, to a large extent, it reflects changes in perceived satisfaction with living standards and the ability to have a purposeful and meaningful life.

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  • Witte,Caroline T. & Burger,Martijn J. & Ianchovichina,Elena, 2019. "Subjective Well-Being and Peaceful Uprisings," Policy Research Working Paper Series 8705, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    Inflation; Inequality; Social Conflict and Violence; Armed Conflict; Economic Growth; Industrial Economics; Economic Theory&Research;
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    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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