Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Value climate in the nation

StudyOvaska & Takashima (2006): study ZZ 1990
TitleEconomic Policy and the Level of Self-Perceived Well-Being: An International Comparison.
SourceJournal of Socio-Economics, 2006, Vol. 35, 308 - 325
DOIDOI:10,1016/j.socec.2005,11,054
Public18+ aged, general public, 68 nations, 1990-2001.
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =120000

Correlate
Author's labelIslam
Page in Source 7
Our classificationValue climate in the nation
Operationalization
The world was divided in 4 regions.
1: Islamic nations
0: All other nations
Remarks
Source: The CIA World Factbook

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-ab=+.14 ns
Average happiness by Islamic nations in 68 
nations.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-ab=+.12 ns
Average life-satisfaction by Islamic nations in 68 
nations.

B's controlled for:
-GDP per capita
-Economic freedom
-Political freedom
-Life expectancy
-GDP growth
-Government size
-Asia (dummy)
-Educational attainment
-Female labor participation
-Unemployment rate
-Inflation rate
-GDP per capita of neighbors
-Export
-Import
-Christianity (dummy)
-Population aging


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

Taking all things together, would you say you are.....?
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 not very happy
1 not at all happy.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-aSelfreport 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


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
bREGRESSION COEFFICIENT (non-standardized) by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Theoretical range: unlimited

Meaning:
b > 0 A higher correlate level corresponds with a higher happiness rating on average.
B < 0 A higher correlate level corresponds with a lower happiness rating on average.
B = 0 Not any correlation with the relevant correlate.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl