Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/127112
Authors: 
Tsutsui, Yoshiro
Yamane, Shoko
Ohtake, Fumio
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ISER Discussion Paper, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University 923
Abstract: 
Using a monthly survey, this paper finds that supporters of the governing cabinet are significantly happier than non-supporters throughout our sample period. We investigate the reason and examine two hypotheses: 1) happy persons support the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and 2) supporters of any governing party tend to be happy. Oaxaca decomposition analysis reveals that the difference in happiness is not attributable to the difference of attributes and personalities, rejecting hypothesis 1). On the other hand, the happiness of cabinet and anti-cabinet supporters was not significantly different after an election in which the governing party was replaced, supporting hypothesis 2).
Subjects: 
happiness
cabinet supporter
happiness
cabinet supporter
Oaxaca decomposition
Japan
JEL: 
I31
D72
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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