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Correlational findings

Study Fischer (2009b): study ZZ OECD member states 1997

Public:
Adults, general public, 30 OECD countries, 1997-2001
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 45000
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Income inequality, Gini
Our Classification
Operationalization
Gini coefficient based on income statistics in 2000 and 2005
A: Before tax (market income inequality)
B: After tax  (consumption income inequality, or 'final' inequality)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = AVERAGE income inequality and AVERAGE happiness in 30 nations O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = -.21 ns 2000 income inequality before tax O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = -.29 ns 2005 income inequality before tax O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = -.61 p < .01 2000 income inequality after tax O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = -.39 p < .01 2005 income inequality after tax

Income inequality after tax goes with more happiness