Findings on happiness in Fleche et al. (2011): study ZZ OECD member states 1994

Author(s)Fleche, S.; Smith, C.; Sorsa, P.
TitleExploring Determinants of Subjective Wellbeing in OECD Countries.
SourceOECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 921, 2011
Public18+ aged, general public, 32 OECD member states,1994-2008
Last assesment2008
Survey nameWorld Values Survey 1994-2008
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Non-probability sample of nations Probability samples within nations
Respondents N =92338
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication7
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeN03ab01Age composition
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years), also classified as above ↑
Better life indexN14ab02Inequality in nation
CPI indexN07ab01Corruption in nation
DivorceN14ab03baDivorce rate in nation
DivorceM02aa03Married vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Educational levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Educational levelN02ab02aLiteracy in nation, also classified as above ↑
Environment indexN05ab05Environmental quality
Freedom of choice and controlF05ab03aAmount of restrictions perceived
Freedom of choice and controlN02ab01bPerceived freedom in nation, also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Gross household income (log)N04ab01dAverage income in nation
Gross household income (log)I01ab03Household income , also classified as above ↑
Human Development IndexN14ab04Modernity of nation
Important in life: friendsF06ah01Concern about friends
Important in life: friendsN14ab03Intimate ralations in nation, also classified as above ↑
Important in life: friendsL04ac02cMost important aspects of life, also classified as above ↑
Important in life: friendsN02ab06Value climate in the nation, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenN03ab01Age composition
Number of childrenN03ab04Birth rate in nation, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children, also classified as above ↑
Predicted life satisfactionS15abSummed effects of current individual conditions (micro level)
Self perceived income inequalityN04ac02cPoverty in nation
State of healthN09ab01bHealth in nation
Trust in peopleN11ab31aTrust in fellow-man in nation
UnemploymentE02abCurrent employment status
UnemploymentN04ab02bUnemployment in nation, also classified as above ↑