English title: The Societal Impact of Economic Anxiety

Author(s): Gordon G. Bechtel -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


Loss of household income and purchasing power are shown to have broad and negative societal effects. The economic anxiety accompanying this loss has its strongest impact on consumer demand, which is the major factor in a nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Negative effects of economic anxiety are also found on the propensity to vote, political trust, societal satisfaction, and the quality of life. These effects were verified in a crossnational sample from the fifth round of the European Social Survey. Simple regression of the true value of consumer demand, etc. on the true value of economic anxiety is made possible by an estimate of the reliability of our economic-anxiety score (cf. Bechtel, 2010; 2011; 2012). This reliability estimate corrects the regression slope of each societal variable for measurement error in the anxiety score.

Volume: 10

Issue: 0

From page no: 693

To page no: 710

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Journal of Data Science

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