Flags, Constitutions, and the Well-Being of Nations

19 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2009

Date Written: November 1, 2008


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, national well-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.

Keywords: Well-being of nations, humand development index (HDI), national flags, number of

JEL Classification: O43, O11, D31, Z00

Suggested Citation

Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich S., Flags, Constitutions, and the Well-Being of Nations (November 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1359908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1359908

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