When Does Government Ideology Matter? Evidence from Subjective Well-Being in Europe

27 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2014

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Christian Bjørnskov

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Center for Political Studies; Institute for Corruption Studies

Date Written: October 5, 2014

Abstract

This paper considers how lay theory and perceptions of issue ownership affect voters’ expectations of political and economic developments. These expectations are likely to mediate the effects on subjective well-being of specific developments. Estimates employing a panel of 29 European countries observed between 1975 and 2011 suggest that problems within an issue attributed to the ideological side of the incumbent government exerts much stronger well-being effects than when similar problems arise with ideologically opposite governments. The evidence suggests a ‘Nixon goes to China’ effect in well-being.

Keywords: Governance, life satisfaction, public choice, issue ownership

JEL Classification: D63, E03, I31, Z13

Suggested Citation

Bjørnskov, Christian, When Does Government Ideology Matter? Evidence from Subjective Well-Being in Europe (October 5, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2505617 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2505617

Christian Bjørnskov (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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Center for Political Studies

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Institute for Corruption Studies

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United States

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