Findings on happiness in Sacks et al. (2010): study ZZ World samples 2002

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, 44 countries, 2002
Survey namePEW survey 2002
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =32463
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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
Average selfreported household incomeN04ab01dAverage income in nation
GDP/capitaN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)