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Abstract

In this paper I analyze the impacts of educational, environmental and economic factors on the Happiness Index Score of a Country through a linear regression model. By using the most updated data for 86 countries, I was able to create a well-rounded model of happiness that includes additional variables not previously used in happiness research. This model finds a positive relationship between the Percentage of a Population in Tertiary School and happiness. A negative relationship that is discovered in the model shows that there is evidence that an increase in a country’s Infant Mortality Rate has a negative effect on the Happiness Index Score. Lastly, the model finds that there is a positive relationship between a country’s Gross Domestic Product per Capita and happiness which is consistent with results of other studies. Overall, this paper shows that there are many factors that can impact the happiness score of a country.

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