Findings on happiness in Bjornskov et al. (2008b): study ZZ EU 15 1973

Publication
Author(s)Bjornskov, C.; Datta Gupta, N.; Pedersen, P.J.
TitleAnalysing Trends in Subjective Well-Being in 15 European Countries, 1973 - 2002.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2008, Vol. 9, 317 - 330
DOIDOI:10.1007/s10902-007-9055-4
Investigation
Public16+ aged, general public, EU 15 member states, 1973-2002.
 Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
 1973-2002
Survey nameNot available
 Eurobarometer-surveys
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Non-probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations.
Respondents N =250000
 Sample sizes vary between 1000 and 2000 per survey
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole how satisfied are you with the life you lead? 4 very satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 not very satisfied 1 not at all satisfied - Don't know
ClassificationO-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication320-322
RemarksMean in autumn 2002 3,05. Range 3,61(Denmark) to 2,52 (Portugal) Changes estimated in 158 overlapping 4-year-trends between 1972 and 2002. Average trend +0,06; sd 1,46. Range: - 4,48 (Belgium 1978-82) to + 3,86 (Ireland 1988-92)
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean3.05
Standard deviation0.28


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Change in government consumption, absolute and relativeN12ab08aGovernment consumption
Change in government consumption, absolute and relativeN12ab08Size of government, also classified as above ↑
Change in life expectancy, absolute and relativeN09ab01acLife-expectancy in the nation
GDP-change in same period, absolute and relativeN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation