Research: ‘Big Government’ Increases Happiness and Life Satisfaction
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September 1, 2014

Research: ‘Big Government’ Increases Happiness and Life Satisfaction

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Researchers at Texas A&M, Baylor and Notre Dame studied the world's industrialized democracies and found those with more government intervention in the economy have more satisfied citizens.

Pundits who throw around the words “big government” usually point out the negatives of having too much government involvement in the economy, but a Texas A&M University researcher co-wrote a study that found government intervention – when done correctly – leads to more happiness and satisfaction in the lives of citizens.

In their study “Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being,” professors of political science Alexander Pacek at Texas A&M, Patrick Flavin of Baylor University and Benjamin Radcliff, University of Notre Dame, studied 21 developed nations – free market, capitalist democracies including the U.S. – from 1981-2007, examining data from nearly 50,000 respondents collected by the World Values Survey.

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