Subjective Well‐Being and Peaceful Uprisings

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Caroline Witte

Copenhagen Business School

Martijn Burger

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO)

Elena Ianchovichina

World Bank

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Date Written: February 2020

Abstract

This study analyzes whether subjective well‐being measures can explain variation in peaceful uprisings, in addition to the objective measures typically used in analyses of this type of events. Using data on uprisings and subjective well‐being for 119 countries from 2007 to 2014 – a period during which nonviolent conflict became increasingly prevalent – we estimate panel data regressions, including instrumental variable models. The study finds evidence of a positive effect of life dissatisfaction on the incidence of peaceful uprising, but not its violent counterpart. This effect does not depend on the type of political regime, nor the stage of development, and, to a large extent, it reflects changes in perceived satisfaction with living standards and the ability to have a purposeful and meaningful life.

Suggested Citation

Witte, Caroline and Burger, Martijn and Ianchovichina, Elena, Subjective Well‐Being and Peaceful Uprisings (February 2020). Kyklos, Vol. 73, Issue 1, pp. 120-158, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3613105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12219

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