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Correlational findings

Study Veenhoven (1996c): study ZZ 1990

Public:
Adults, general public, 48 nations, around 1990
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 75000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Value: Autoritarism (Distance from power)
Our Classification
  • NATION: CULTURE Current cultural conditions the nation Value climate in the nation
Operationalization
Average response to 3 survey questions  among employees of an international company (IBM) in different nations.
 
 a: Answers by nonmanagerial employees on the question: How frequently, in your experience, does the following problem occur: employees being afraid to express disagreement with their managers? (mean score on a 1-5 scale from 'very frequently' to 'very seldom')
 
 b: Subordinates' perception of their boss's actual decision making style (percentage choosing either the description of an autocratic or of a paternalistic style out of 4 possible styles plus a 'none of these' alternative).
 
 c: Subordinates' preference for their boss's decision-making style (percentage preferring an autocratic or a paternalistic style, or, on the contrary, a style based on majority vote, but not a consultative style)
 
 Combined in Power Distance Index

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks Y-LH-l-sq-nt-100-a r = -.63 Happy Life Years by Autoritarism in 32 nations Y-LH-l-sq-nt-100-a rpc = -.33 rpc controlled for buying power per capita