Findings on happiness in Bjornskov et al. (2008): study ZZ 1997 /1

Author(s)Bjornskov, C.; Dreher, A.; Fischer, J.A.
TitleCross-Country Determinants of Life Satisfaction: Exploring Different Determinants across Groups in Society.
SourceSocial Choice and Welfare, 2008, Vol. 30, 119 - 173
Public18+ aged, general public, 70 nations, 1997-2000
 Names of nations not reported.
Survey nameNot available
 World values Surveys
SampleMixed samples
 Non-probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations
Respondents N =87748
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole now.....? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.60

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ageA04abCurrent age (in years)
bicameral parliamentN12NATION: POLITICS
Christian OrthodoxR10ab03aChristian orthodoxy
Christian OrthodoxR10acCurrent religious denomination, also classified as above ↑
cohabitingM02acLiving as married
confidence in parliamentP09aeAttitudes to basic political issues
confidence in parliamentP09agAttitudes to political system, also classified as above ↑
conservative ideologyP05arConservative
conservative ideologyP09ad01Preference for: left vs right wing, also classified as above ↑
having childrenC03ab01Number of children
HinduR10acCurrent religious denomination
IncomeI01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
Infant mortalityN09ab01acLife-expectancy in the nation
Investment price levelN04abCurrent economic condition of the nation
JewishR10acCurrent religious denomination
maleG01aaSex (male vs female)
marriedM02abNon-married states (compared mutually)
MuslimR10acCurrent religious denomination
post-communistN12NATION: POLITICS
religious service participationR10ad02Participation in church
share of catholicsN02ab04aShare of particular denominations
share of protestantsN02ab04aShare of particular denominations
single femaleM02ab01Never married
single maleM02ab01Never married
trade openness, globalizationN04ab07Openness of economy in nation
trust most peopleT04ab02Trust in people
trust most peopleP05diTrusting, also classified as above ↑
unemployedE02abCurrent employment status
unemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑