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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
govdem
Our Classification
Operationalization
Democratic qualtiy of government as the average of World Bank governance indicators:
-voice and accountability
-political stability

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = -.03 ns ALL nations O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = -.37 ns POOR nations O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +1.1 p < .01 RICH nations

B's controlled for:
- govdo(average of government effectiveness, regulatory qualitiy, rule of law, and control of corruption
- income p/c
- General trust
- Importance of god

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