The Impact of Economic Freedom on Creating Happiness and Inequality: International Evidences

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Debraj Roka

Abstract

It is remaining a big question in happiness economics, what is the common motto of human beings? What human beings want to achieve? Are these, money, good job, position, power, peace, good living condition, good health, good family, good environment and what others? All researchers from different disciplines are investigating to solve this economic problem and Most of the researchers agreed that happiness is the common aim of everyone in the world. The paper entitled “Does Economic Freedom Create Happiness or Inequality?” is estimated the effect of economic freedom on happiness by using other control variables like Gross Domestic Product growth, per capita and inequality. The paper analyzed the panel data covering 120 countries from 2008 to 2016. The fixed and random effect, the Generalized Least Squares, First in Difference and Linear Dynamic Panel Data/generalized method of moments estimation method are applied as the econometric strategies in this paper. The results found that the statistically significant and strong linear positive association between economic freedom and happiness in overall sampled countries and also found the positive linear association between income with happiness and a negative association between economic freedom and inequality and inequality and happiness.

Keywords:
Economic freedom, GDP per capita, inequality, happiness.

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Roka, D. (2020). The Impact of Economic Freedom on Creating Happiness and Inequality: International Evidences. South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, 6(2), 35-50. https://doi.org/10.9734/sajsse/2020/v6i230163
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