Findings on happiness in Ott (2011): study ZZ 2006

Publication
Author(s)Ott, J.C.
TitleGovernment and Happiness in 130 Nations: Good Governance Fosters Higher Level and More Equality of Happiness.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2011, Vol. 102, 3 - 22
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11205-010-9719-z
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, 130 nations, 2006
 Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia&Herzogowina,, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Fasso, Burundi, Cambodja, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,Jjordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea (south),Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgystan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithunia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauretania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Palestina, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slowakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Survey nameNot available
 World Database of Happiness/ Gallup World Polls 2006.
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Non-probability sample of nations, probability samples within nations.
Respondents N =130000
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.
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-l-11-c
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Democratic GovernanceH05ab01Correlates of inequality of happiness in nations
Democratic GovernanceN12ab07Quality of government in nation, also classified as above ↑
Size of Government in ConsumptionH05ab01Correlates of inequality of happiness in nations
Size of Government in ConsumptionN12ab08aGovernment consumption, also classified as above ↑
Size of Government in ConsumptionN12ab08Size of government, also classified as above ↑
Size of Government in ExpendituresN12ab08bGovernment expenditures
Size of Government in ExpendituresN12ab08Size of government, also classified as above ↑
Technical Good GovernanceH05ab01Correlates of inequality of happiness in nations
Technical Good GovernanceN12ab07Quality of government in nation, also classified as above ↑