Our recent paper “(E)Quality of Life: A Cross-National Analysis of the Effect of Gender Equality on Life Satisfaction,” which appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Happiness, examines two questions in the context of cross-national differences in human happiness:

  • Does greater gender equality promote greater levels of happiness, on average?
  • Do increases in gender equality improve the happiness of only women? Or do both men and women benefit, such that we all win with more equality, as far as happiness goes.

We find strong empirical evidence in support of the conclusions that more gender equality implies more happiness; that this applies for men and women alike; and that such results were obtained while controlling for other factors that also affect the cross-national pattern of life satisfaction. […]