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Female Parliamentarians and the Distribution of National Happiness

Raufhon Salahodjaev (), Barno Abdullaeva, Shakhnoza Tosheva and Arletta Isaeva
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Barno Abdullaeva: Tashkent State Pedagogical University
Shakhnoza Tosheva: ERGO Analytics
Arletta Isaeva: ERGO Analytics

Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2021, vol. 16, issue 4, No 9, 1585 pages

Abstract: Abstract Over the past decades, the research on life satisfaction has mushroomed. Within this strand, a new line of scholarly research has emerged that assesses the distribution of life satisfaction across nations. This study contributes to this avenue of research by assessing the relationship between the share of women in parliament and happiness distribution. Using data from 109 nations, we find that countries with a greater share of women in parliament are associated with more equal distribution of subjective wellbeing within society. This result remains robust even when we control for a rich set of determinants of life satisfaction.

Keywords: Female parliamentarians; Happiness; Cross-country; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11482-020-09837-y

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