Koizumi Carried the Day: Did the Japanese Election Results Make People Happy and Unhappy?

36 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2007

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Yoshiro Tsutsui

Osaka University - Graduate School of Economics

Miles S. Kimball

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics; University of Colorado Boulder; Center for Economic and Social Research, USC; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Fumio Ohtake

Osaka University - Institute of Social and Economic Research

Date Written: July 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates whether Japanese people were happy and unhappy with the general election conducted on September 11, 2005, in which the Prime Minister, Koizumi, won a landslide victory. We conducted a large survey just after the election to ask people how happy they were and which party they had supported. Although there are consistent tendencies that supporters of ruling parties were happier and supporters of opposition parties were unhappier, the effect was not significant. Considering the results of a previous study that showed that Americans demonstrated significant responses to the result of a presidential election, this study suggests that Japanese people are indifferent to politics.

Keywords: election, happiness, Koizumi Cabinet, survey, Japan

JEL Classification: I31, D72, C42

Suggested Citation

Tsutsui, Yoshiro and Kimball, Miles S. and Ohtake, Fumio, Koizumi Carried the Day: Did the Japanese Election Results Make People Happy and Unhappy? (July 2007). ISER Discussion Paper No. 695. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001391 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1001391

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