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Correlational findings

Study Sacks et al. (2010): study ZZ World samples 1981

Public:
18+ aged general public, 79 nations, 1981-2004
Survey name:
WVS: combined waves
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 300000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
GDP/capita
Our Classification
Operationalization
a) Change in Real GDP/capita (log)
b) Real GDP/capita (log)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b-fix = +.51 p < .01 a) CHANGE AVERAGE happiness by CHANGE purchasing power in nation

All 79 countries (166 nation/year observations)
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b-fix = +.63 p < .05 a) CHANGE AVERAGE happiness by CHANGE purchasing power in nation

10 transition countries only (31 nation/year observations)
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b-fix = +.41 p < .01 a) CHANGE AVERAGE happiness by CHANGE purchasing power in nation

66 non-transition countries only (135 nation/year observations)

Similar results when only the difference between the first and last observation is considered

b's controled for
- country fixed effects
- wave fixed effects
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a Beta = +.37 p < .01 b) Real GDP/capita

Beta controlled for:
- Age squared
- Sexe