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Correlational findings

Study Rehdanz & Maddison (2005): study ZZ 1972

Public
Adults, general public, 67 nations, 1972-2000
Sample
Respondents
N =
Non Response
n.a.
Assessment
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Average temperature of coldest/hottest month
Our Classification
Remarks
Data: Landsberg (1969), Pearce and Smith (1994) and Internet sources For some cities the data were population-weighed to obtain one record per country.
Distribution
M=a:2,51 b:20,45 SD=a:8,58 b:3,78 Range= a:-12- 25,5 b: 11,5-31,3
Operationalization
Average temperature °C in mayor city (or cities) of:
a Coldest month
b Hottest month

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a b = -.02 p < .05 Hottest month

B (-.0181)

B's controlled for:
- economic variables
  - GDP per capita
  - Annual economic growth
  - shortfall in income compared to previous high
  - unemployment rate
- cultural variables
  - % religious dominations (Bhudist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim)
  - % religious orthodox
  - personal freedom
- demographic variables
  - life expectancy
  - population density
  - % over 65 aged
  - % under 15 aged

- climatic variables
  - latitude
  - rainfall in driest/wettest month
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a b = +.01 p < .01 Coldest month

B (+.0139)
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a r = + Relationship between temperature in the coldest month and average happiness