Correlational finding on Happiness and Current economic conditions in one's region
Subject code: R04ab

StudyMastekaasa & Moum (1984): study NO 1971
TitleThe Perceived Quality of Life in Norway: Regional Variations and Contextual Effects.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1984, Vol. 14, 385 - 419
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF00300450
Public15-64 aged, general public, Norway, 1971
Sample
Non-Response15%
Respondents N =854

Correlate
Author's labelEconomic level of the county
Page in Source 411
Our classificationCurrent economic conditions in one's region, code R04ab
Operationalization
Factor loading highly on:
- mean taxable income
- inequality of taxable income
- electoral support for Conservative  
  Party
- electoral support for Progress Party
The capital and the area surrounding it (Oslo and 
Akershus) and some of the western counties have 
relatively high scores. The county with the highest 
score on this dimension, Rogaland, has by far the 
greatest income inequality in Norway, and it comes 
thirds in terms of average income.

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-dBeta=-.07 p < .05
 controlled for education, income, age, sex, 
household size, occupational prestige, number of 
friends, occupationally active, marital status.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-dSelfreport on single question:

Do you feel that your life at present is.....?
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 unhappy
1 very unhappy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
Beta STANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl