Correlational findings

Study Verme (2008): study ZZ World samples 1981

18+ aged, general public, 74 countries, 1981-2004
Survey name
INT-WorldValuesSurv 1-5
N = 267870
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Trust in institutions
Our Classification
Scale of responses are assumed to be recoded such that higher values means that the respondent has a higher level of confidence in each institution.
The average of each respondent's self-report on a series of questions that asks the respondent on confidence in the armed forces, the police, the justice system, the parliament, the civil service, the press, private companies, and trade unions. Responses are on a scale of 1 (none at all) to 4 (a great deal).

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a OLRC = +.21 p < .001 INDIVIDUAL happiness by INDIVIDUAL trust in institutions

In pooled data set:
OLRC controls for:
- individual characteristics
   -income (rank and squared rank)
   -age (and age squared)
   -tertiary education
    -about cheating on taxes
    -trust in people
    -trust in institutions
    -importance of family
    -importance of work
    -importance of religion
    -importance of politics
-national characteristics
-GDP (and GDP squared)
-employment rate (and squared)
-year fixed effects
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = + Separately in 74 nations.
Significantly positive in 48 nations.
Significantly negative in 1 nation.
Not significant in other nations.