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Correlational findings

Study Helliwell & Huang (2006): study ZZ 1981

Public:
15+ aged, general public, 72 nations, 1981-2000
Survey name:
WorldValuesSurv 1-5
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 163000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
govdo
Our Classification
Operationalization
Average of four World Bank governance indicators: government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law, and control of corruption. (Z-scores)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.72 p < .01 ALL nations O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.85 p < .01 POOR nations O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.16 ns RICH nations

B's controlled for:
- Democratic quality of government
- Income p/c
- General trust
- Importance of god

Rich: < half of US national income in 1995
Poor: > half of US national income in 1995