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Correlational findings

Study Ott (2010): study ZZ 2006

Public:
15+ aged, general public, Multiple nations, 2006
Survey name:
GallupWorldPoll 2006-2011
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 127000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Democratic Quality of Government
Our Classification
Operationalization
Average score of the World Bank for the Wordlwide governance indicators (z-scores):
-voice and accountability
-political stability and absence of violence

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.60 p < .01 AVERAGE happiness by Democratic quality of Government in all 127 nations C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c rpc = +.56 p < .01 if controlled for size of government
as measured by government consumption
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c rpc = +.46 p < .01 if controlled for size of government
as measured by transfers and subsidies
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c rpc = +.45 p < .01 if controlled for size of government
as measured by government enterprises
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c rpc = +.60 p < .01 if controlled for size of government
as measured by tax rate

(>>correlation quality and happiness is independent of size of government)
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.45 p < .05 21 Western nations C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.46 p < .05 23 Eastern European nations C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.48 p < .05 23 Latin American nations C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.27 ns 11 nations Middle East C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.65 p < .01 22 Asian nations C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.39 p < .05 26 African nations C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.06 ns 56 poor nations (<7000 USD pp p/c) C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.46 p < .01 56 rich nations (>7000 USD pp p/c)