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Is It Culture or Democracy? The Impact of Democracy and Culture on Happiness


Dorn, David; Fischer, Justina A V; Kirchgässner, Gebhard; Sousa-Poza, Alfonso (2007). Is It Culture or Democracy? The Impact of Democracy and Culture on Happiness. Social Indicators Research, 82(3):505-526.

Abstract

We analyze the relation between democracy and perceived subjective well-being while controlling for other relevant determinants such as culture measured by languages. We conduct a cross-national analysis covering 28 countries using data from the 1998 International Social Survey Programme. Contrasting existing empirical evidence, we observe a significant positive relationship between democracy and happiness even when controlling for income and culture measured by language and religion. The effect of democracy on happiness is stronger in countries with an established democratic tradition.

Abstract

We analyze the relation between democracy and perceived subjective well-being while controlling for other relevant determinants such as culture measured by languages. We conduct a cross-national analysis covering 28 countries using data from the 1998 International Social Survey Programme. Contrasting existing empirical evidence, we observe a significant positive relationship between democracy and happiness even when controlling for income and culture measured by language and religion. The effect of democracy on happiness is stronger in countries with an established democratic tradition.

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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:July 2007
Deposited On:14 Oct 2014 13:20
Last Modified:09 Jul 2017 05:35
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0303-8300
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-006-9048-4

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