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World Happiness Report 2017

March 21, 2017

Take a look. For detailed policy implications, per the authors, see Chapter 5.

In a nutshell, health, social support, freedom to make life choices, (all of which, under the hood, have a material aspect). National wealth (GDP PPP per capita) is not that important to happiness. Individual/family income is (chapter 5 policy detail talks about it a lot, but it doesn’t stand out in the headline/summary). Interestingly by-country income inequality is not one of the factors they use when they break down the causes, though there is what seems to be a negative correlation between Gini and happiness index, buried in the statistical appendix. The policy implications chapter does certainly address individual income as a significant factor. It also breaks out “partnered” and factors relating to family situation as the most significant factor on an individual level, something also not mentioned in the headline, other than being folded into the broader category of social support. The significance varies by country/region too.


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