Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1989b): study ZZ 1957

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleNational Wealth and Individual Happiness.
SourceGrunert, K.G.;Olander, F.;Eds.: "Understanding Economic Behavior", Kluwer Academic, 1989, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 9 - 32
Public18+ aged, general public, 14 nations, 1957-1962
  United States, Cuba, Egypt, IsraŽl, West Germany, Japan, Yugoslavia, Phillipines, Panama, Nigeria, Brazil, Poland, India, Dominican Republic
Survey nameNot available
 International study by Cantrill 1965. (See CANTR 1965/1 in this database.)
SampleNot available
 Probability samples in 14 nations in different areas in the world
Respondents N =18653
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication15
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
WealthN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)