GEOGRAPHIES OF FLOWERS AND FLOWER POWER: DO ARTS AND ECOLOGY AFFECT POLITICAL BEHAVIOR?

By Annie Tubadji and Valentina Montalto

In a moment of raising inequalities and high political discontent magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes of utmost importance to find effective ways not only to make people happy (again) but also to channel people’s dissatisfaction through constructive political debate. Using microdata from the World Values Survey, we study the relationship between ecological and arts activism and political behavior.

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DO CULTURAL MEGA EVENTS RAISE HAPPINESS?

By Lasse Steiner, Bruno S. Frey and Simone Hotz

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Does hosting the prestigious European Capital of Culture event influence the life satisfaction of the local population? We find a negative effect on the well-being of the regional population during the event. Better educated people suffer less as they benefit from the extended cultural supply.

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