Trend inequality of happiness in nations

Inequality of happiness is the degree to which citizens in a country differ in how much they like the life they live.
This difference is expressed in the standard deviation (SD) of responses to single questions about happiness in general population surveys. This concept and the statistic are discussed in Kalmijn, W. & Veenhoven, R. Measuring inequality of happiness in nations. In search for proper statistics (paper under review)

Variable

Item type and code in itembank

SPSS code

Nation

Since


Source
World Database of Happiness (WDH) Distributional Findings in Nations
Transformed scores#
SD Happiness 3-step, all variants eqhl3_us USA 1947 WDH table 111a
3-step, O-HL/c/sq/v/3/aa eqhl3a_us USA 1947 WDH table 111a
3-step, O-HL/g/sq/v/3/d eqhl3d_us USA 1975 WDH table 111a
4-step, all variants eqhl4_us USA 1946 WHD table 111b
SD Life satisfaction 2-step, O-SLP/g/sq/v/2/b eqls2_us USA 1979 WDH table 121a
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_be Belgium 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_de Germany (re-united) 1990 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_dee Germany (former East) 1990 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_dew Germany (former West) 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_dk Denmark 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_eu8* EU-8 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_fr France 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_gr Greece 1981 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_ie Iereland 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_it Italy 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_jp Japan 1958 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_lu Luxemburg 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_nl Netherlands 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_pt Portugal 1985 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_sp Spain 1985 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4/b eqls4_uk UK (Great Britain) 1973 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLL/u/sq/v/4 variants a,e,f eqls4a_jp Japan 1958 WDH table 121c
4-step, O-SLW/u/sq/v/4/e eqls4b_jp Japan 1992 WDH table 121c
5-step, O-SLW/u/sq/v/5 variants a,g,k,l eqls5_jp Japan 1978 WDH table 121d
4+5 step, mean eqls4_jp and eqls5_jp eqls45_pj Japan 1958 WDH table 121c+d
SD Best-Worst
(Cantril ladder)
11-step, C-BW/c/sq/l/11/a eqbw11_us USA 1959 WDH table 131b

* Weighted average: EU-8 = Belgium x 0.037423 + Denmark x 0,19263 + France x 0,213337 + West-Gernamy x 0,243826 + Italy x 0,211549 + Luxemburg x 0,0001503 + Netherlands x 0,056975 + UK x 0,216118

# Standard deviations transformed to response range 0-10. Method explained in section 7/3.3 of the introductory text.

Same variable in datafile 'States of Nations' Inequality of happiness