Findings on happiness in Deaton (2008): study ZZ 2006

Author(s)Deaton, A.
TitleIncome, Health and Wellbeing around the World: Evidence from the Gallup World Poll.
SourceJournal of Economic Perspectives, 2008, Vol. 22, 53 - 72
Public15+ aged, general public, 132 countries, 2006
Survey nameNot available
 Gallup World Poll, 2006
SampleMixed samples
 Non probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations.
Respondents N =132000
 About 1000 respondents per country
Non Responsen.a.
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 labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication55
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in life expectancyN09ab01bcLife-expectancy in the nation
Growth rate of GDP 1990-2000N04aa02gEconomic growth/decline in nation
Growth rate of GDP 2000-2003N04aa02gEconomic growth/decline in nation
IncomeN04ab01Economic affluence in nation
Life expectancyN09ab01bcLife-expectancy in the nation
Life satisfactionH07aa03eO-SL by C-BW