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Correlational findings

Study Rehdanz & Maddison (2005): study ZZ 1972

Public:
Adults, general public, 67 nations, 1972-2000
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 100000
Non Response:
n.a.
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Number of dry and wet months
Our Classification
Operationalization
Number of months when average precipitation is
a Below 30 mm
b Above 100 mm

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a b = -.02 p < .01 Months below 30 mm

B (-.0224)
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a Beta = -.00 ns Months above 100 mm

B (-.00544)

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
  - number of cold/hot months