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On Decentralization and Life Satisfaction

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  • Christian Bjørnskov
  • Axel Dreher, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Justina A.V. Fischer, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

We empirically analyze the impact of fiscal and political decentralization on subjective well-being in a cross-section of 60,000 individuals from 66 countries. More spending or revenue decentralization raises well-being while greater local autonomy is beneficial only via government consumption spending.


Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomics Letters
Pages (from-to)147-151
Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Research areas

  • Decentralization; Federalism; Life satisfaction: Happiness

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