Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Summed effects of current societal conditions (macro level)

StudyHelliwell et al. (2016): study ZZ 2012
TitleThe Distribution of World Happiness.
SourceWorld Happiness Report, 2016, Vol.1, 8 - 48
URLhttp://worldhappiness.report/#happiness2016
Public15+ aged, general public, 156 nations, 2005-2015
SampleProbability area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =1560000

Correlate
Author's labelSummed determinants
Page in Source 16
Our classificationSummed effects of current societal conditions (macro level)
Operationalization
a. Log GDP per capita
b. Social support
c. Healthy life expectancy at birth
d. Freedom to make life choices
e. Generosity
f. Perceptions of corruption.
h Average happiness (affective component)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-cRČ=.74
a+b+c+d+e+f
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-cRČ=.77
a+b+c+d+e+f+h


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-cSelfreport 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

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
COEFFICIENT of DETERMINATION
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [0; 1]

Meaning:
RČ = 0 « no influence of any correlate in this study has been established.
RČ = 1 « the correlates determine the happiness completely.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl