Findings on happiness in Sachs (2016): study ZZ 2015

Author(s)Sachs, J.
TitleHappiness and Sustainable Development: Concepts and Evidence.
SourceWorld Happiness Report, 2016, Vol.1, 56 - 65 , New York, USA
Public15+ aged, general public, 119 nations, 2015-2016
Last assesment2016
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2016
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =199000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
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.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Adjusted R-squaredS15aeSummed effects of current societal conditions (macro level)
Global Competitiveness IndexN04ab10Global competitiveness of nation
Index of Economic Freedom 2016N14ab01cEconomic freedom in nation
Log GDP per capitaN04ab01aGnp per capita (raw)
Sustainable Development Goals IndexN14ab09Summed nation characteristics
Unemployment rateN04ab02bUnemployment in nation