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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
Previous Happiness at T1
Our Classification
Operationalization
Contentment measured with same question
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c, earlier measured at T1;
T1 = 2006
T2 = 2015

Selfreport on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c b = +.87 p < .01 AVERAGE happiness at T2 (2015) by AVERAGE happiness at T1 (2006) in 116 nations. GMM analysis of 2006-2015 change in 116 nations.

b controlled for CHANGE 2006-2015 in
-public spending
-log GDP per capita
-social support
-healthy life expectancy at birth
-confidence in national government
-freedom to make life choices
-democratic quality of government (World Bank)

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