Findings on happiness in Delhey & Kroll (2012): study ZZ OECD member states 2008

Publication
Author(s)Delhey, J.; Kroll, C.
TitleA " Happiness Test" for the New Measures of the National Well-Being: How much Better than GDP are They?
SourceWZB Discussion Paper SP I 2012-201, 2012, Berlin, Germany
URLhttp://bibliothek.wzb.eu/pdf/2012/i12-201.pdf
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, OECD member states, 2008
Survey nameWorldValuesSurvey 5
 +European Values Survey 2008
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =340000
 34 OECD nations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksWorld Values Study and European Value Study 2008
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on 3 questions A: All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you overall with your life as a whole these days? 1 dissatisfied . . 10 satisfied B: Here is a picture of a ladder. The '10' at the top of the ladder means the best possible life you can imagine. The '0' at the bottom of the ladder means the worst possible life you can imagine. On which place of the ladder is your life as a whole? Please mark the number that best corresponds with how you feel about your life now. 10 best possible . . 0 the worst life I can imagine C: 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 Computation: transformed to z-scores and added up
ClassificationM-CO-c-mq-*-10-a
Author's labelSubjective Well-being
Page in publication17
RemarksScores are the sum of the z-scores for: C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c; O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a and O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Author's labelLife Contentment
Page in publication17
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

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
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
Author's labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication17
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
Author's labelLife Happiness
Page in publication17
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Correlations happiness-measurementsH07ac01Contentment and happiness
Correlations happiness-measurementsH07aa03aO-HL by C-BW, also classified as above ↑
Correlations happiness-measurementsH07aa03eO-SL by C-BW, also classified as above ↑
Correlations happiness-measurementsH07aa01Overall happiness by overall happiness, also classified as above ↑
Gross National Income (GNI)N04ac01Purchasing power of average citizen in nation
Human Development Index (HDI)N09ab01bbAppraisal of single aspects of life
Human Development Index (HDI)N09ab02Presumed livability , also classified as above ↑
Human Development Index (HDI)N14ab08Summed nation characteristics, also classified as above ↑
Inequality Adjusted Development Index (I-HDI)N09ab01bbAppraisal of single aspects of life
OECD Better Life Index (Better Life)N09ab02Presumed livability
OECD Better Life Index (Better Life)N14ab08Summed nation characteristics, also classified as above ↑
Social Development Index (SDI)N09ab02Presumed livability
Social Development Index (SDI)N14ab08Summed nation characteristics, also classified as above ↑
Weighted Index of Social Progress (WISP)N14ab08Summed nation characteristics
Well-Being Index (WBI)N09ab01bbAppraisal of single aspects of life
Well-Being Index (WBI)N09ab02Presumed livability , also classified as above ↑