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Correlational findings

Study Gehring (2013): study ZZ World samples 1981

Public:
18+ aged, 79 countries, 1981-2007
Survey name:
WorldValuesSurv 1-5
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 200000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Log GDP per capita
Our Classification
Operationalization

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a r = +.33 AVERAGE happiness by GDP per capita in 79 nations. O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = +.61 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a b = +.51 p < .01 b controls for:
- social trust
- belief in God
- investment price level
- government share (% of GDP)
- regional dummies
- period dummies
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.39 p < .01 b additionally controls for:
- economic freedom

b is for pooled OLS with robust SE. Similar coefficients are obtained for a random effects model, and an autoregressive (1) random effects model.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = -.38 b is for fixed effects model. O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = +.59 % VERY HAPPY (top 3 life satisfaction) by GDP per capita in 79 nations. O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.07 p < .01