Findings on happiness in Ruprah (2010): study ZZ Latin America 1997

Author(s)Ruprah, I.J.
TitleDoes Owning Your Home Make You Happier? Impact Evidence from Latin America.
SourceWorking Paper OVE/WP-02-10, Inter-American Development Bank, 2010, Washington DC, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, Latin America, 1997-2007
Last assesment2007
 except for years: 1998, 1999 and 2002
Survey nameLatinobarometro9710
SampleProbability systematic sample
Respondents N =147446
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 labelCantril Ladder
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.601.60

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Country effectN10abCurrent nation of residence
Economic situationI01acSufficiency of current income
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusE02ae03Self employed, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
HomeownershipH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
ln (GDP per capita)N04ab01aGnp per capita (raw)
Marital statusM02aa01Married vs never married
Marital statusM02ab01bVs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Size of the cityL13ab02Community size
Year effectE03ab01aTrend in general public