Findings on happiness in Daly et al. (2011): study US 2005

Author(s)Daly, M.C.; Oswald, A.J.; Wilson, D.; Wu, S.
TitleDark Contrasts: The Paradox of High Rates of Suicide in Happy Places.
SourceJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2011, Vol. 80, 435 - 442
Public18-85 aged, general public, United States, 2005-2008
Collect period2005-2008
Survey nameUS- BRFSS 2005
 Behavioral Response Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), between 2005 and 2008
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 "The high-density and medium-density strata contain telephone numbers that are…" "The two strata are sampled to obtain a probability sample of all households with telephones."
Respondents N =1300000
 more than 350000 adults are interviewed each year
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
General remarks(The BRFSS is the largest telephone health survey in the world.)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question In general, how satisfied are you with your life? 1 very dissatisfied 2 dissatisfied 3 satisfied 4 very satisfied
Page in publication441
Remarksquestion was asked in the survey from 2005 onwards
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Suicide rates across U.S. statesR07ab01cSuicide in region