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Correlational findings

Study Rode (2013): study ZZ World samples 1995

Public:
18+ years, general public, 87 countries, 1995-2005
Survey name:
WorldValuesSurvey 1994-2008
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 180000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Democracy
Our Classification
Operationalization
1: Democratic
0: Otherwise

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.41 p < .01 AVERAGE happiness by democracy
In 87 nations

b controls for:
-average memberships
-importance of God
-log GDP per capita (PPP)
-unemployment rate
-divorce rate
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.31 p < .05 b additionally controls for:
-regional dummies
-period dummies
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.32 p < .05 b controls for:
-size of government INSTEAD of economic freedom
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.30 p < .05 b controls for:
-legal system and property rights INSTEAD of economic freedom
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.33 p < .05 b controls for:
-sound money INSTEAD of economic freedom
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.30 p < .05 b controls for:
-freedom to trade INSTEAD of economic freedom
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.29 p < .05 b controls for:
-regulation INSTEAD of economic freedom
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.30 p < .05 In 61 poor countries (GDP per capita less than $20,000)

Similar coefficients are obtained when size of government, legal system and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade and regulation are controlled for INSTEAD of economic freedom.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.28 ns In 43 rich countries (GDP per capita more than $10,000)

Similar coefficients are obtained when size of government, legal system and property rights, sound money, freedom to trade and regulation are controlled for INSTEAD of economic freedom.

In sum: Democracy is positively associated with average life satisfaction in nations.