Findings on happiness in Easterlin (1974): study ZZ 1965

Author(s)Easterlin, R.A.
TitleDoes Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence.
SourceDavid, P.A.;Melvin, W.R.;Eds.: "Nations and Households in Economic Growth", Academic Press, 1974, New York, USA, 89 - 125.
PublicGeneral public, 9 nations, 1965
 Great Britain, United States, West Germany, Thailand, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, France, Italy
Survey nameNot available
 Data: Gallup World Survey III, 1965, except those for the United States and Japan, which are from Table 8 and the 1958 survey of Japanese national character, respectively.
SampleNot available
 Probablity samples in 9 nations
Respondents N =10781
 Great Britain: 1179, United States: 3531 (1966), West Germany: 1255, Thailand: 500, Japan: 920 (1958), Philippines: 500, Malaysia: 502, France: 1228, Italy: 1166
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication107
RemarksIn Japan the questions had only two response options: happy or not happy
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.020.11

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Economic developmentN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)