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Direct democracy and life satisfaction revisited: new evidence for Switzerland


Dorn, David; Fischer, Justina A V; Kirchgässner, Gebhard; Sousa-Poza, Alfonso (2008). Direct democracy and life satisfaction revisited: new evidence for Switzerland. Journal of Happiness Studies, 9(2):227-255.

Abstract

We re-evaluate the relation between cantonal direct democracy and perceived subjective well-being in Switzerland using new data from the Swiss Household Panel. In addition, this study goes beyond previous work by carefully controlling for cultural determinants of happiness such as languages and religion. We find that once language is controlled for, no robust significant relationship between the extent of direct democracy and life satisfaction can be observed. The results also show that direct democracy does not affect well-being within language groups in Switzerland.

Abstract

We re-evaluate the relation between cantonal direct democracy and perceived subjective well-being in Switzerland using new data from the Swiss Household Panel. In addition, this study goes beyond previous work by carefully controlling for cultural determinants of happiness such as languages and religion. We find that once language is controlled for, no robust significant relationship between the extent of direct democracy and life satisfaction can be observed. The results also show that direct democracy does not affect well-being within language groups in Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2008
Deposited On:14 Oct 2014 12:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:25
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1389-4978
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-007-9050-9

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