Governance and happiness: Evidence from citizens' perception in Pakistan

Sarah A. Rahim, Asma Hyder and Qazi M. Ahmed

First published: 20 April 2018


This paper examines the impact of governance on the happiness levels of citizens in Pakistan. Two major aspects of governance, i.e., democratic and technical governance are used for this analysis. Governance and happiness are measured on the basis of citizen's perceptions through a survey from all over the country. We find a significant relationship between self perceived governance and happiness. Our estimates suggest that improvement in democratic and technical governance will increase happiness of the citizens. Results carry important implications for a developing country like Pakistan to improve government institutions and their functioning.

Keywords: Democratic governance, Technical governance, Happiness, Institutions

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