Findings on happiness in Ott (2010): study ZZ 2006 /1

Author(s)Ott, J.C.
TitleGood Governance and Happiness in Nations: Technical Quality Precedes Democracy and Quality Beats Size.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2010, Vol. 11, 353 - 368
Public18+ aged, general public, Multiple nations, 2006
Collect period2006
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2006
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Non-probability sample of nations, probability sample within nations
Respondents N =1300000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Democratic Good GovernanceN12ab07Quality of government in nation
Technical Good GovernanceN12ab07Quality of government in nation