People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more satisfied, according to a new study from researchers at Baylor University. The research is sure to spark a debate in political circles, as the findings shed light on an ongoing partisan dispute over the ideal size of government, indicating that Republicans’ small-government focus could lead to an unhappier society.
“The effect of state intervention into the economy equals or exceeds marriage or employment status — two traditional predictors of happiness — when it comes to satisfaction,” said Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.
The study — “Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being” — is published in the journal Social Forces. The researchers analyzed data from 21 advanced industrialized countries in the World Values Survey from 1981 to…
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