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Electing Happiness: Does Happiness Effect Voting and do Elections Affect Happiness

Nattavudh Powdthavee () and Robert Metcalfe ()

Discussion Papers from Department of Economics, University of York

Abstract: What causes us to vote and what do we get out of it? We approach these questions using data on voting and subjective well-being (SWB) from a large household panel dataset in the UK. We find some evidence that SWB can affect voting intention but no evidence that the results of three recent elections have any effect on SWB.

Keywords: Voting; life satisfaction; subjective wellbeing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D7 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-10
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