Findings on happiness in Easterlin (2001): study US 1994

Author(s)Easterlin, R.A.
TitleIncome and Happiness: Towards a Unified Theory.
SourceThe Economic Journal, 2001, Vol. 111, 465 - 484
PublicAdults, general public, USA, 1994
Survey nameNot available
 General Social Survey 1994
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =2627
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.611.59

Scores in123

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Household IncomeI01ab03Household income
Level of EducationA04abCurrent age (in years)
Level of EducationE01aa01Earlier educational level, also classified as above ↑
Level of EducationE01ab02Level of school-education, also classified as above ↑
Level of EducationA04aa02Stage of life, also classified as above ↑
Level of EducationE03ab01bcTrend happiness in educational groups, also classified as above ↑
Life cycleA04abCurrent age (in years)
Life cycleI01abCurrent income level (unspecified), also classified as above ↑
Life cycleA04aa02Stage of life, also classified as above ↑