HAPPINESS PROSPERS IN DEMOCRACY

Happiness in democratic schools and… Switzerland

HAPPINESS PROSPERS IN DEMOCRACY

ABSTRACT. An econometric analysis of a happiness function, based on a survey
of 6,000 persons in Switzerland, indicates that:
(1) the more developed the institutions of direct democracy, the happier the individuals
are;
(2) people derive procedural utility from the possibility of participating in the direct
democratic process over and above a more favorable political outcome;
(3) the unemployed are much less happy than the employed, independent of income;
(4) higher income is associated with higher levels of happiness.

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.390.4303&rep=rep1&type=pdf

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