Findings on happiness in Ovaska & Takashima (2006): study ZZ 1990

Publication
Author(s)Ovaska, T.; Takashima, R.
TitleEconomic Policy and the Level of Self-Perceived Well-Being: An International Comparison.
SourceJournal of Socio-Economics, 2006, Vol. 35, 308 - 325
DOIDOI:10,1016/j.socec.2005,11,054
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, 68 nations, 1990-2001.
 Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland,Ffrance, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (South), Latvia, Lithunia, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slowakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe
 1990-2001
Survey nameNot available
 World Values Surveys 2-4
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Non-probability sample of nations. Probability samples within nations.
Respondents N =120000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
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.
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-v-4-a
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication17
RemarksRange 2,44 - 3,47. Data taken from World Database of Happiness, Collection of Happiness in Nations.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean3.01
Standard deviation0.27


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
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication17
RemarksRange: 3,95 - 8,31 Data taken from World Database of Happiness, Collection of Happiness in Nations.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean6.636.26
Standard deviation1.111.23


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AsianN10abCurrent nation of residence
ChristianityN02ab06Value climate in the nation
Economic freedomN14ab02cEconomic freedom
Educational attainmentN02ab02Literacy and schooling
ExportN04ab07Openness of economy in nation
Female labor participationN14ab01cGender inequality (women emancipation)
GDP growthN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation
GDP per capita (thousands)N04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
GDP per capita of neighborsN13ab06Wealth: relative to neighour countries
Government sizeN12ab08bGovernment expenditures
Government sizeN12ab08Size of government, also classified as above ↑
ImportN04ab07Openness of economy in nation
Inflation rateN04ab04Inflation in nation
IslamN02ab06Value climate in the nation
Life expectancyN09ab01acLife-expectancy in the nation
Political freedomN14ab02bPolitical freedom
Population agingN03ab05Population composition in nation
Unemployment rateN04ab05Unemployment in nation