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Citizens are happier in countries where the government intervenes more frequently in the economy

Flavin, Patrick, Pacek, Alexander C. and Radcliff, Benjamin (2014) Citizens are happier in countries where the government intervenes more frequently in the economy. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (20 Aug 2014). Website.

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Abstract

What types of public policy promote greater happiness among citizens? Patrick Flavin, Alexander C. Pacek and Benjamin Radcliff present results from an analysis of survey data across 21 industrialised democracies between 1981 and 2007. They find that in countries where governments intervene more frequently in the economy there is a higher degree of self-reported happiness among citizens. They note that while these findings cannot strictly be taken as evidence that social democratic policies are better in a normative sense overall, the results suggest that more research is required on the impact of a country’s political context on the happiness of its citizens.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 08:33
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2019 00:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71827

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