Sarah Polani: How governance impacts subjective wellbeing in developing countries

Sarah Polani’s doctoral explores how governance impacts subjective well-being in developing countries. Her work builds on previous studies (e.g., Helliwell & Huang 2008) which report an insignificant impact of democratic governance on subjective wellbeing, a positive effect of technocratic governance, and a negative effect of corruption. She specifically looks at the case of Pakistan and analyses how institutions impact the life satisfaction of its people. Using statistical analysis, she explores the link between objective governance indicators and life satisfaction in Pakistan.

Prior to joining Royal Holloway, Sarah was a Teaching Fellow in Economics at the Institute of Business Administration in Pakistan. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics.

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