Findings on happiness in Bjornskov (2014): study ZZ Europe 1975

Author(s)Bjornskov, C.
TitleDo Economic Reforms Alleviate Subjective Well-Being Losses of Economic Crises?
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2014, Vol. 15, 163 - 182
Public14+ aged, 29 countries (EU member states and potential members), 1975-2011
Last assesment2011
Survey nameEU-Eurobarometer combined waves
 Pooled samples 1975-2011
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Non-rprobability sample of nations, probability sample within nations.
Respondents N =2000
 2000 = yearly sample size for each country participating to the survey
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole how satisfied are you with the life you lead? 4 very satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 not very satisfied 1 not at all satisfied - Don't know
Author's labelSubjective well-being
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.33

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
CrisisN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation
GDP growth rateN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation
Government ideologyN12ab03Dominant political ideology
Government sizeN12ab08Size of government
Investment price levelN04ab09Investment price level in nation
Lagged satisfactionH04aa01aIn recent past
Legal qualityN08NATION: JUSTICE
Log GDP per capitaN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
OpennessN04ab07Openness of economy in nation
PostcommunistN06aa02Post communist
RegulationsN14ab02cEconomic freedom
Social trustN11ab28aTrust in fellow-man