Election Outcomes and Individual Subjective Wellbeing in Great Britain

Luke Munford, Daniel Gray, Harry Pickard

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Exploiting novel longitudinal data on individuals in Great Britain matched to their parliamentary constituency, we find that supporting the incumbent political party, at both the national and constituency levels, exerts a positive influence on individual subjective wellbeing. This relationship varies across different measures of subjective wellbeing, gender and personal characteristics. We then implement a regression discontinuity in time design to estimate the impact of a quasi‐natural experiment, where we exploit the timing of the survey around the 2010 election date in order to identify a causal relationship. We find that Liberal Democrat supporters have approximately one‐unit higher level of overall life satisfaction after their party’s electoral success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-837
Number of pages29
Issue number351
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2021


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