Strict lockdown rules make SA unhappiest in country comparison - study

Sollie

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Strict lockdown rules make SA unhappiest in country comparison - study

  • South Africa has the unhappiest population out of three countries following the implementation of lockdown regulations, a study has found.
  • The populations of Australia and New Zealand were also surveyed regarding their economies, political situation and demographic factors.
  • The stricter the lockdown regulations, the greater the happiness loss, it was found.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments have implemented lockdown regulations to curb the spread of the virus. Though lockdowns do minimise the physical damage of the virus, there are substantial damage to population's happiness, well-being and livelihoods.

Researchers studying three very diverse countries - South Africa, New Zealand and Australia - regarding their economies, political situation and demographic factors, as well as the strictness of their lockdown regulations, have found:

  • That lockdown regulations are the direct cause of lower levels of happiness during the pandemic (the researchers used Difference-in-Difference econometric modelling strategies), thus even considering the diversity of countries and lockdown regulations, a lockdown decreases happiness and well-being;

  • The stricter the lockdown regulations, the greater the happiness loss. The graphs (below) compare the happiness losses in each of the three countries. In each of the graphs, the happiness levels of the specific country for 2020 is compared to that of 2019.
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garp

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No, really?

Pretty much any three way comparison between Aus, NZ and SA is going to find SA comparing unfavorably, and that would have been true long before Covid-19. This is like comparing Porsche, Ferrari and Fiat to each other and wondering why Fiat came out worst.
 

Oldfut

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No, really?

Pretty much any three way comparison between Aus, NZ and SA is going to find SA comparing unfavorably, and that would have been true long before Covid-19. This is like comparing Porsche, Ferrari and Fiat to each other and wondering why Fiat came out worst.
Well I wouldn't say Fiat unless a 1980 base model, well "used"; Gupta style. Now more like an old GWM, Geely or FAW etc; all Chinese owned.
 

crysis

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No, really?

Pretty much any three way comparison between Aus, NZ and SA is going to find SA comparing unfavorably, and that would have been true long before Covid-19. This is like comparing Porsche, Ferrari and Fiat to each other and wondering why Fiat came out worst.
We are miles ahead in crime though!
 

Datura

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"a StUdY hAs FoUnD"

Not very different from "Trends on social media show that"

Probably exactly the same thing in this case.

"Study"
 

eg2505

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Well I wouldn't say Fiat unless a 1980 base model, well "used"; Gupta style. Now more like an old GWM, Geely or FAW etc; all Chinese owned.
no its a bargain basement BMW with a spanner for a steering wheel and 3 different kind of tires and no doors.
weaving in and out of traffic and doing anything it wants to do.
 
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