Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1990b): study ZZ 1965

Publication
Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleInequality in Happiness. Inequality in Countries Compared Between Countries.
SourcePaper 12th Work Congress of Sociology, July 1990, Madrid, Spain
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1765/16147
Investigation
PublicAdults, general public, 28 countries, 1965-1985
 Countries included are: AustraliŽ, BelgiŽ, BraziliŽ, Canada, Denemarken, Duitsland, Fillipijnen, Finland, Frankrijk, Griekenland, India, Ierland, ItaliŽ, Japan, Korea (Zuid), MaleisiŽ, Mexico, Nederland, Noorwegen, Oostenrijk, Singapore, Spanje, Thailand, UK, USA, Zuid-Afrika, Zweden, Zwitserland.
 1965-1985
Survey nameNot available
 World Database of Happiness, collection 'Happiness in Nations
SampleNot available
 Probability sampling.
Respondents N =30000
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Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single questions Six equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations) Scores transformed to common range 1 - 3, by recoding; A "Generally speaking, how happy would you say you are; would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy B Taken all things together, how would you say things are these days; would you say you are ...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy C Taken all together, would you say you are.....? 3 very happy 2 quite happy 1 not very happy 1 not at all happy D Taken all together how would you say things are these days; would you say you are ...? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy E In general, how happy would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not very happy F How happy do you feel as you live now? Please choose one item from this card that is closest to your feeling 3 very happy 3 fairly happy 2 neither happy nor unhappy 1 fairly unhappy 1 very unhappy
ClassificationO-HV---sq-vt-3-a
Author's labelHappiness
RemarksSweden .52 .18 2.23 Switzerland .57 .32 2.17 Thailand .56 .44 2.01 U. Kingdom .61 .34 2.23 USA .63 .34 2.31 W-Germany .54 .47 2.02 Adjusted standard deviatious correct for the possible variation given the level of happiness (in a coutry where almost everybody is happy there can be less variance).
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Income equalityN14ab01dIncome inequality