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Studies

Bjornskov et al. (2007): study ZZ 1997

Publication

Author(s):
Bjornskov, C.; Dreher, A.; Fischer, J.A.
Title:
The Bigger the Better? Evidence of the Effect of Government Size on Life Satisfaction around the World.
Source:
Public Choice, 2007, Vol. 130, 267 - 292

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, 74 nations, 1997-2001
Survey name:
WorldValuesSurvey 3
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 120000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
1   dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10  satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
Author's label:
% satisfied.
Remarks:
Reported as % happy in nation (score 8, 9 or 10). Range: 10% - 78%. Average: 43%
Page in publication:
9

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Income Relative income Gender Sex (male vs female) rightwing (vs left) Political values Government Consumption NATION: POLITICS
Government consumption in nation
social trust Trust in fellow-man in nation Openness Openness of economy in nation Investment price Current economic condition of the nation log GDP per capita Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Post-communist NATION: POLITICS
Average happiness in era
Summed nation characteristics Summed nation characteristics