Findings on happiness in Hagerty (2000): study ZZ Developed nations 1972

Author(s)Hagerty, M.R.
TitleSocial Comparison of Incomes in One's Community: Evidence from National Surveys of Income and Happiness.
SourceJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000, Vol. 78, 764 - 771
PublicGeneral public, 8 developed countries, 1972-1994
Last assesment1994
Survey namePooled surveys
 Data from World Database of Happiness
SampleVaried Probability
Respondents N =120000
 61 surveys of about 2000 participants
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksDifferent amount of observations per country; all countries at least 3 observations
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Equivalent questions on happiness and life-satisfaction rated on various scales. The items differ slightly in wording and number of the response options. Scores are transformed to a common range 0 - 10 by means of expert weighting of response options (Thurstone's method).
RemarksDifferent measures used among countries
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Income distributionN14ab02dIncome inequality in nation
Mean incomeN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)