Findings on happiness in Stevenson & Wolfers (2008): study ZZ World samples 1981

Publication
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
URLhttp://www.nber.org/papers/w14282.pdf?new_window=1
Investigation
Public18+ aged general public, 61 nations, 1981-2004
Last assesment2004
Survey nameWVS: combined waves
 WVS wave 1,2,3,4
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =250000
 166 country/waves: about 2000 respondents for each country/wave
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life-as-whole these days.....? 1 least satisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 most satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-10-c
Page in publicationTable 1
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy.
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-v-4-a
Page in publicationtable 1
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: During the past few weeks, did you ever feel ....? (yes/no) A Particularly exited or interested in something? B So restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair? C Proud because someone complimented you on something you had done? D Very lonely or remote from other people? E Pleased about having accomplished something? F Bored? G On top of the world? H Depressed or very unhappy? I That things were going your way? J Upset because someone criticized you? Answer options and scoring: yes = 1 no = 0 Summation: -Positive Affect Score (PAS): A+C+E+G+I -Negative Affect Score (NAS): B+D+F+H+J -Affect Balance Score (ABS): PAS minus NAS Possible range: -5 to +5 Name: Bradburn's 'Affect Balance Scale' (standard version)
ClassificationA-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a
Page in publicationTable 6
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range -5 - 5On range 0 - 10
Mean1.38
Standard deviation


Full textSelfreport on two questions: A Taking all together, how happy would you say you are? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy B All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole now? 10 satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 dissatisfied Computation: (Ax2,5) +B -10 Name: Inglehart's combined score
ClassificationO-Sum---mq-*-14-a
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Change in real GDPN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation
GDP per capita: LevelsN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
GDP per capita: Long differenceN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation