Findings on happiness in Deaton & Arora (2009): study US 2008

Author(s)Deaton, A.; Arora, R.
TitleLife at the Top: The Benefit of Height.
SourceEconomics and Human Biology, 2009, Vol. 2, 133- 136
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 2008
Collect period1-4
Survey nameNot available
 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index polling
SampleProbability systematic sample
 Pooled daily samples over 4 months.
Respondents N =454065
 1000 respondents each day
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
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 labelevaluation of life
Page in publication2
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on 7 questions: Did you experience the following feeling during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? A enjoyment B physical pain C sadness D worry E stress F anger G happiness Rated: : 0: no 1: yes Computation: - Average % positive affect = (A+G)/2 - Average % negative affect = (B+C+D+E+F)/5 - Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Author's labelfeelings "during a lot of the day"
Page in publication2,9
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -100 - 100On range 0 - 10
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