Correlational findings

Study Easterlin & Angelescu McVey (2009): study ZZ World samples 1981

18+ aged, general public, World samples, 1981-2004
Survey name:
INT-WVS: combined waves
N = 195
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Annual growth of GDP
Our Classification
A 17 developed nations: Denmark, France, Italy, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, N.Ireland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Norway, Netherlands, Greece, Australia, United Kingdom B 9 developing nations: South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey Chili, S. Korea, Japan, China C 11 transition nations: Russia, Lithuania, Letland, Estonia, Hungary, Bulgary, Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, East Germany
Related specification variables
Annual growth rate of GDP

A Long-term  (12-22 years;mean=15)
B Short-term  (mean=7.6 years)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = .01 ns CHANGE AVERAGE happiness by annual growth GDP
in 19 developed nations R2=0.006
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = .17 ns A Long-term effect in 9 developing countries R2=0.168 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = .23 ns A Long-term effect in 11 transition nations R2=0.229 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = .07 ns A Long-term effect in all 47 nations R2=0.069 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = .74 p < .05 B Short-term effect in 11 transition nations (GDP growth and decline separately) O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a = .63 p < .05 Short and longterm effect in all nations (in transition nations GDP growth and decline separarted)