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Abstract

This study discusses the relationship between a country’s happiness, and relevant country characteristics including gender inequality, levels of corruption, and the percentage of women in parliamentary positions. The aim of the study is to understand how these variables change according to female representation in political leadership. Secondary source data was collected and correlation analyses were performed between the variables using the SPSS statistical program. Results show that the lower the Gender Inequality Index, the higher the percentage of Women in Parliament Positions and the higher the Happiness Index. Furthermore, the results indicate that a higher number of women in leadership position is associated with a lower corruption level and a higher degree of Happiness. Results suggest that the context in which women reach political positions is characterized by less corruption and gender inequality alongside greater happiness in the country.

Note on the Author

Stefane Kabene is a professor in the School of Business Administration graduate studies at the Canadian University Dubai. He obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from Laval University, Canada.

Said Baadel is a lecturer at the Canadian University Dubai and also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Zahra Jiwani is an assistant professor in Marketing at the Canadian University Dubai. She obtained her PhD at the International School of Management in Paris, France.

Vanessa Lobo is a visiting assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the Canadian University Dubai. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nursing at McMaster University, Canada.

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