Findings on happiness in Veenhoven & Vergunst (2014): study ZZ World samples 1946

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.; Vergunst, F.
TitleThe Easterlin Illusion: Economic growth does go with Greater Happiness.
SourceInt. Journal Happiness and Development, 2014, Vol. 1, 311 - 343
PublicAdult general population 67 nations followed 10 to 40 years 1946 to 2011
Last assesment2011
Survey nameSurvey series: findings of which are listed in World Database of Happiness
SampleVaried Probability
 Probability samples in nations, non-probability samples of nations
Respondents N =3000000
 1531 nation/year observations, with about 2000 participants each 199 time-series of at least 10 years
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Mostly face-to-face interviews
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreports on various single questions combined Questions type - O-HL 3-step 4-step verbal 5-step verbal - O-SL 2-step verbal 3-step verbal 4 step verbal 5-step verbal 7-step numeral 10-step numeral 11-step numeral - C-BW 11-step numeral All average responses transformed to a common 0-10 scale
Author's labelhappiness
RemarksVarious happiness measures have been used over time and in different countries. In this study the responses to these questions are not homogenized, since only the change over time in each is considered.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change average happinessE03ab01aTrend in general public
Economic growthN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation