The Social and Economic Context of Peace and Happiness

Understanding culture: Theory, research, and application (pp. 239-258). New York: Psychology Press. 2009

17 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2014

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William Tov

Singapore Management University

Ed Diener

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Weiting Ng

SIM University (UniSIM)

Pelin Kesebir

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

James Harter

The Gallup Organization

Date Written: June 1, 2009

Abstract

Using data from the World Values Survey and the 2006 Gallup World Poll, we examined how individual well-being was related to societal perceptions relevant for peace. Across both datasets, happy people reported greater trust and confidence in the government. Moreover, this relation was moderated by societal conditions. Happy people were particularly more trusting and confident in countries where economic inequality and violence were low. Thus, as the objective conditions for peace were met, societal perceptions were increasingly linked to well-being. We discuss the implications of well-being and cross-cultural research for informing national policies.

Keywords: happiness, satisfaction, inequality, violence, confidence in government, trust

JEL Classification: D63, H56, I30, I31,

Suggested Citation

Tov, William and Diener, Ed and Ng, Weiting and Kesebir, Pelin and Harter, James, The Social and Economic Context of Peace and Happiness (June 1, 2009). Understanding culture: Theory, research, and application (pp. 239-258). New York: Psychology Press. 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2459849

William Tov (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University ( email )

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Ed Diener

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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Weiting Ng

SIM University (UniSIM) ( email )

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Pelin Kesebir

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Center for Investigating Healthy Minds ( email )

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Madison, WI 53705-2280
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James Harter

The Gallup Organization ( email )

Washington, DC 20004
United States

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