Findings on happiness in Kasmaoui & Bourhaba (2017): study ZZ 2006

Author(s)Kasmaoui, K.; Bourhaba, O.
TitleHappiness and Public Expenditure: Evidence from a Panel Analysis.
SourceMPRA Working Paper, 2017, No. 79339, 1 - 12
Public18+ aged, general public, 132 nations, 2006
Last assesment2015
Survey nameGallup World Poll combined waves
 Panel, 132 countries 2006-2015
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =1320000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
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.
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication3
Remarksmin: 2,81 max: 8.02
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.101.10

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ConfidencelN11ab31bTrust in institutions in nation
DemocracyN12ab04Political democracy in nation
DemocracyN12ab07Quality of government in nation, also classified as above ↑
FreedomN02ab01bPerceived freedom in nation
HealthN09ab01bcLife-expectancy in the nation
Income InequalityN14ab02dIncome inequality in nation
LogGDP per CapitaN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
Previous Happiness at T1H04ab01aRecent happiness (< 1 year ago)
Previous Happiness at T1E03ab01aTrend in general public, also classified as above ↑
Public SpendingN12ab08bGovernment expenditures
Public SpendingN12ab08Size of government in nation, also classified as above ↑
Social SupportN14ab07aAttitudes to social relations in the nation