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Correlational findings

Study Helliwell et al. (2014b): study ZZ World samples 2005

Public:
15+ years, general public, 157 countries, 2005-2012
Survey name:
Gallup poll
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 900000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
North America, Australia, and New Zealand dummy
Our Classification
Operationalization
1: North America, Australia, and New Zealand
0: Western Europe

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.29 p < .01 AVERAGE happiness by region in 157 nations in the period 2005-2012 (n=836).

b controls for:
- democratic quality
- delivery quality
- other regional dummies
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.34 p < .01 b additionally controls for:
- log GDP per capita
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.20 p < .10 b additionally controls for:
- healthy life expectancy
- freedom to make life choices
- generosity
- social support
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.18 ns Regression with 2005-2012 country averages.

b controls for:
- democratic quality
- delivery quality
- log GDP per capita
- healthy life expectancy
- freedom to make life choices
- generosity
- social support
- other regional dummies

In sum: Average life satisfaction in North America, Australia, and New Zealand is higher than in Western Europe under most specifications.