Correlational findings

Study Helliwell et al. (2014): study US 2004

18+ aged general public, urban areas, USA, 2008-2011
Survey name
INT-Gallup International
N = 952433
Non Response
Interview: Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI)


Authors's Label
Social Capital average of all indicators (SC)
Our Classification
No effect of interaction unemployed x SC
A. Index of:
a. average voting rate in 2004 and 2008 elections
b. percentage of residents who volunteered for or through religious groups
c. average number of groups volunteered for or through.
d. average hours volunteered in year (2004-2008)
e. percentage of residents who donated more than $25 to charitable or religious organizations.

B. Percentage of population or residents:
f. in multi-member households with common dinners everyday
g. who had more than 3 close friends
h. who talks with neighbors a few times per week
i. who did favors with neighbors once a month
j. who volunteered for or through religious organizations.

Computation: (A+B)/2

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.02 p < .10 B controled for
- change in local employment
- individual characteristics
  - age
  - gender
  - education
  - marital status
  - ethnicity
  - household income (absolute)
  - incomebrackets (relative)
- regional characteristics
  - average household income
  - country population density
  - share of urban populstion
  - share of owner-occupied housing
  - share of minorities
  - longitude and latitude of country centres
- average of all social capital indicators
- interaction between regional unemployment and social capital