Findings on happiness in Sacks et al. (2010): study ZZ World samples 1981

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, 79 nations, 1981-2004
Last assesment2004
Survey nameWVS: combined waves
 WVS 1981-2004
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =300000
 166 surveys of about 2000 participants each
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks

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.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
GDPN04ab01cGross National Product
GDP/capitaN04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in nation
Log GDPN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
Real GDP/capitaN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)