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Studies

Bjornskov et al. (2010): study ZZ 1981

Publication

Author(s):
Bjornskov, C.; Dreher, A.; Fischer, J.A.
Title:
Formal Institutions and Subjective Well-Being: Revisiting the Cross-Country Evidence.
Source:
European Journal of Political Economy, 2010, Vol. 26, 419 -430

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, 55 nations, 1981-2004
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 135000
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
Remarks:
A. Average in 136 samples in 55 nations is 6,867
B. Average % of scores 8, 9 and 10 in 130 samples in 55 nations is 46,981, SD = 19,159
Correlation A and B is +.94.
Page in publication:
8, 30
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.87 1.09

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Honest and efficient government Quality of government in nation Democratic process Political democracy in nation
Political violence in nation
Legal quality NATION: JUSTICE Gastil Index Political freedom in nation
Human-rights protection in nation
Polity IV index Political democracy in nation Political constraints III and V Political democracy in nation Law and Order NATION: JUSTICE Social trust Trust in fellow-man in nation Belief in God Religion in nation Divorce rate Divorce rate in nation Unemployment rate Unemployment in nation Communist past NATION: POLITICS Openness to trade Openness of economy in nation Investment price level Standard of living in the nation Average membership Social cohesion in nation Summed effects of current conditions Summed nation characteristics