Presidential Congruence and Happiness: The Role of Extreme Political Views

11 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2019 Last revised: 21 May 2019

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Jeremy Jackson

North Dakota State University - NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise; North Dakota State University - Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

Date Written: January 1, 2019

Abstract

Previous literature has demonstrated that individuals in the US report greater happiness when the President is of the same party that the individual identifies with. It has likewise been demonstrated that individuals with more extreme political views, be they liberal or conservative, report higher happiness than those with moderate political views. This paper demonstrates that the relationship between these two dimensions and happiness is not separable. In fact, congruence with the president, in terms of party and ideology, matters the most for those with extreme political views. This is demonstrated by estimation of the interaction effect between political extremism and measures of Presidential congruence.

Keywords: well-being; happiness; partisanship; ideology; politics

JEL Classification: D7, I31

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Jeremy, Presidential Congruence and Happiness: The Role of Extreme Political Views (January 1, 2019). NDSU Public Choice and Private Enterprise Research Paper No. 19-2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3328822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3328822

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North Dakota State University - Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics ( email )

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