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Correlational findings

Study Bjornskov et al. (2010): study ZZ 1981

Public:
18+ aged, general public, 55 nations, 1981-2004
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 135000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Honest and efficient government
Our Classification
Remarks
Source: World Bank Kaufmann, D. et Al. (June, 2008) Governance Matters VII: Aggregate and Individual Governance Indicators, 1996-2007. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4654. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1148386 or www.govindicators.org
Distribution
Average standardized score: +0,913 (z-score).
Standard deviation: 0,954
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Average of rule of law, regulatory quality, bureaucratic efficiency and control of corruption.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = AVERAGE happiness by quality of government in nations O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = +.75 All nations (N=55) O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.40 p < .01 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.31 p < .05 Rich nations (GDP per capita => 8000 USD, N=34)

B's controlled for
-average membership of voluntary organizations
-social trust
-belief in god
-divorce rate
-unemployment rate
-post-communism
-openness to trade
-investment price level
-regional and period dummies