Findings on happiness in Flavin et al. (2011): study ZZ Developed nations 2005

Author(s)Flavin, P.; Pacek, A.; Radcliff, B.F.
TitleState Intervention and Subjective Well-Being in Advanced Industrial Democracies.
SourcePolitics and Policy, 2011, Vol. 39, 251 - 269
Public15+ aged, general public, 15 Industrialized Democracies, 2005-2009.
Last assesment2009
Survey nameWVS: combined waves
 2005-2008, 2009
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Probability samples within nations. Non-probability sample of nations
Respondents N =10405
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksAustralia, Canada, Finland, france, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.872.08

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Church attendanceR10ad02Participation in church
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
GDPN04ab01cGross National Product
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
IncomeI01ab01Personal income
MaleG01aaSex (male vs female)
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Size of the stateN12ab08Size of government
Size of the stateN04ab13aeSocial security in nation, also classified as above ↑
Size of the stateN04ab13aState welfare effort in nation, also classified as above ↑
Trust in othersT04ab02Trust in people
Trust in othersP05diTrusting, also classified as above ↑
UnemployedE02abCurrent employment status
Unemployment rateN04ab05Unemployment in nation