Findings on happiness in Helliwell et al. (2014b): study ZZ World samples 2005

Author(s)Helliwell, J.F.; Grover, S.C.; Huang, H.
TitleEmperical Linkages between Good Government and National Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Comparative Economics, 2018, online, 1 - 15
Public15+ years, general public, 157 countries, 2005-2012
Last assesment2012
Survey nameGallup poll
 Gallup World Poll 2005-2012
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =900000
 N is approximated.
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 labelSubjective well-being
Page in publication1
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.11

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Central and Eastern Europe dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Commonwealth of Independent States dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Delivery qualityN12ab07Quality of government in nation
Democratic qualityN12ab07Quality of government in nation
East Asia dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Freedom to make life choicesF05ac02Satisfaction with freedom
Generosity (adjusted for GDP)N14ab03caHelping
Healthy life expectancyN09ab01adDisability adjusted life expectancy
Latin America and the Carribean dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Log GDP per capitaN04ab01dAverage income in nation
Middle East and North AfricaN13ab02Geographic location
North America, Australia, and New Zealand dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Social supportN14ab03caHelping
South Asia dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Southeast Asia dummyN13ab02Geographic location
Sub-Saharan AfricaN13ab02Geographic location