Findings on happiness in Goff et al. (2016): study ZZ 1989

Author(s)Goff, L.; Helliwell, J.F.; Mayraz, G.
TitleThe Welfare Costs of WellBeing Inequality.
SourceNBER Working Paper, 2016, No. 21900, 1 - 30
Public18+ aged, general public, 160 nations, 2008-2014
Collect period1989
Last collect period2014
Survey nameWVS: combined waves
 Multiple waves: 1981-2014
SampleProbability cluster sample
 Clusters are defined by the combination of nation and year.
Respondents N =1430000
 N from multiple nations and waves combined
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
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication6
RemarksRange 3,94-8,50. Data in table 1.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.19

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Inequality in life satisfactionN09ab01eInequality in apparent livability
Inequality in life satisfactionN14ab01haInequality in happiness, also classified as above ↑