Findings on happiness in Sacks et al. (2010): study ZZ World samples 2005

Author(s)Sacks, D.W.; Stevenson, B.; Wolfers, J.
TitleSubjective well-being, income, economic development and growth.
SourceWorking Paper 2010-28, FRBSF, 2010, San Francisco, USA
Public18+ aged general public, 131 nations 2005-2008
Last assesment2008
Survey nameGallup World Poll combined waves
 Gallup 2005-2008
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Probability samples in nations; non-probability sample of nations
Respondents N =291383
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 CATI in developed nations, mostly face-to-face in developing nations
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

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