Findings on happiness in Ruprah & Luengas (2011): study ZZ Latin America 1997

Author(s)Ruprah, I.J.; Luengas, P.
TitleMonetary Policy and Happiness: Preferences over Inflation and Unemployment in Latin America.
SourceThe Journal of Socio-Economics, 2011, Vol. 40 , 59 - 66
Public15+ aged, general public in 17 Latin American nations, 1997-2006
 Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Urugay, Venzuela, Brazil, Guatemala, Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua
Last assesment2006
 Years 1998, 1998, and 2002 not included.
Survey nameLatinobarometro1997
 Latin-Barometer 1997-2006, exluding years 1998, 1999, and 2002.
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =120000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question In general, would you say that you are satisfied with your life? Would you say that you are 4 very satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 not very satisfied 1 not at all satisfied
Author's labelSubjective well-being
Page in publication59
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
EmploymentE02aeCurrent employment arrangement
EmploymentO01ab02Kind of occupation (profession), also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Inflation rateN04ab06Inflation in nation
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Maximum inflation experiencedL08aaEarlier life (antecedents of happiness)
Maximum inflation experiencedL06aa01bSpecific earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
Maximum inflation experiencedN04ab02bUnemployment in nation, also classified as above ↑
Size of the cityN03ab07Population size in nation
Unemployment rateN04ab02bUnemployment in nation
WealthI01aeRelative income