Findings on happiness in Easterlin (2005a): study US 1972

Author(s)Easterlin, R.A.
TitleFeeding the Illusion of Growth and Happiness: A Reply to Hagerty and Veenhoven.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2005, Vol. 74, 429 - 443
DOIDOI: 10.1007/s11205-004-6170-z
Public18+ aged general public, USA, 1972-2002
Last assesment2002
Survey nameUS-GSS
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =60000
 30 surveys with about 200 respondents each
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication431
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Trend happiness and GDP/capitaN04ab01cGross National Product
Trend happiness and GDP/capitaE03ab01aTrend in general public, also classified as above ↑