Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich (2008): Flags, Constitutions, and the well-being of nations.
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This exploratory paper estimates the effects on well-being of two very important institutional symbols of 59 countries in 2007: national flags and constitutions. The results indicate that well-being responds positively to investment in material things as well as the existence of flags. However, nationalwell-being is highly inelastic with respect to measures of constitutions and national flag colors. In fact, nations with fewer flag colors, infrequent constitutional changes, and small constitutions tend to have higher well-being than others. I resist comment on what this all means, but it would seem GDP per capita, despite its obvious limitations, is still the most important influence on national well-being.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Flags, Constitutions, and the well-being of nations|
|Keywords:||Well-being of nations, humand development index (HDI), national flags, number of constitutions, articles of constitutions, national flag colors|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O11 - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O43 - Institutions and Growth
Z - Other Special Topics > Z0 - General > Z00 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3 - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables > C31 - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
|Depositing User:||Voxi Heinrich Amavilah|
|Date Deposited:||05. Nov 2008 01:16|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 22:03|
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