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Correlational findings

Study Tsai (2009): study ZZ World samples 1990

Public:
18+ aged, 76 countries, 1990s
Survey name:
WorldValuesSurvey 1-3
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 80000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Change in openness dummy
Our Classification
Operationalization
0: Always closed economy
1: Other
   a: Closed to open economy
   b: Always open economy

A country is classified as open if it displays ALL of the following characteristics:
(1) average tariff rates of 40% of more
(2) nontariff barriers covering 40% or more of trade
(3) a black market exchange rate that is depreciated by 20% or more relative to official exchange rate
(4) a state monopoly on major exports
(5) a socialist economic system.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-u-sq-n-10-a b = -.11 ns AVERAGE happiness by change in openness in 64 nations

CLOSED TO OPEN ECONOMY
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.05 ns AVERAGE life satisfaction by change in openness in 74 nations O-HL-u-sq-n-10-a b = +.28 ns ALWAYS OPEN ECONOMY O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.62 p < .01 b controls for:
-GNI per capita
-GDP growth rate
-inflation
-Militarism index
-Latin America dummy