Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (2000g): study ZZ 1980

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleWell-Being in the Welfare State: Level not Higher, Distribution not More Equitable.
SourceJournal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 2000, Vol. 2, 91 - 125
PublicAdults, general public, 41 nations, 1980-1990
 Argentinia, Australia, Austria, Belgim, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, West Germany, East Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, IsraŽl, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain, USA.
Survey nameNot available
 World Database of Happiness, States of Nations
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Non probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations
Respondents N =50000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly exited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
Finding used in
nation ranks

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
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Increase/decrease in state welfareN04aa02eChange social security in nation
Size of state welfare budgetN04ab11ceSocial security in nation