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Correlational findings

Study Kasmaoui & Bourhaba (2017): study ZZ 2006

Public:
18+ aged, general public, 132 nations, 2006
Survey name:
Gallup World Poll combined waves
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1320000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Freedom
Our Classification
Operationalization
Freedom to make life choices; if a person feels satisfied or not with his freedom to make important life-choices
0: no
1: yes

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +2,3 p < .01 AVERAGE happiness by CURRENT freedom to make life choices in nation. (OLS analyses on pooled data 2006-2015 in 166 nations). C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.48 p < .05 CHANGE in AVERAGE happiness in 2006-2015 (measured by controling T2 happiness by T1 happiness) by CHANGE in freedom to make life-choices.(GMM analysis in 116 nations)

b additionally controlled for CHANGE in
-log GDP per capita
-social support
-healthy life expectancy at birth
-confidence in national government
-democratic quality of government (World Bank)
-public spending.

Similar b if addionally controlled for change in inequality in household income (Gini)