Correlational findings

Study Delhey & Kroll (2012): study ZZ OECD member states 2008

18+ aged, general public, OECD member states, 2008
Survey name:
INT-WorldValuesSurvey 5
N = 340000
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Weighted Index of Social Progress (WISP)
Our Classification
The WISP is an index for the changing capacity of goverments to provide for the basic social, material, and other needs of the people living within their borders, e.g. for food, clothing, shelter, and access to at least basic health, education, and social services (Estes 1998). In total 41 indicators are used to capture nine. Source: Estes, 2010: p. 367 and Table 2.
Index of
a. education
b. health status
c. woman' s status
d. defense effort (-)
e. economy
f. demography
g. environment
h. social chaos (-)
i. cultural diversity (-).

(-) denotes domains that are, conceptually, negatively linked to social progress. Separate factor analysis are run over the nine domains to create a subindex score for each domain. These subindices are then further factor-analyzed to arrive at the WISP.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c r = +.24 ns AVERAGE happiness by WISP-scores in 34 nations. O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a r = +.35 p < .05 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a r = +.16 ns M-CO-c-mq-*-10-a r = +.27 ns M-CO-c-mq-*-10-a b = +1.0 p < .05 b controlled for:
-Latin-american country
-Post-communist country
M-CO-c-mq-*-10-a = .372