Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 174–181 | Cite as

Political support for self-determination, wealth, and national subjective well-being

  • Michelle DownieEmail author
  • Richard Koestner
  • Sook Ning Chua
Original Paper


The present paper explored the relation of wealth and support for self-determination to national subjective well-being (SWB). Support for self-determination was considered from both a political and cultural values standpoint. The results confirmed associations between wealth, support for self-determination, and well-being in a large sample of countries. Importantly, political and cultural value supports for self-determination remained significantly associated with national well-being (as measured by happiness reports and life expectancy) even after controlling for national differences in wealth.


Subjective well-being Life expectancy Self-determination Wealth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Downie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard Koestner
    • 1
  • Sook Ning Chua
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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