Findings on happiness in Stevenson & Wolfers (2008): study ZZ World samples 2006

Author(s)Stevenson, B.; Wolfers, J.
TitleEconomic Growth and Subjective Well-being: Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox.
SourceBrooking Papers on Economic Activity, 2008, Washington DC, USA
PublicAdults, general public, 131 nations, 2006
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2006
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Probablity sample in nations; non-probability sample of nations
Respondents N =131000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Page in publicationtable 1
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
GDP/capitaN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
Household incomeI01ab03Household income