Correlational findings

Study Ball & Chernova (2008): study ZZ 1995 /1

18+ aged, general public, 18 nations, 1995-1997
N = 20771
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Relative Income
Our Classification
Respondents were presented a card with 10 income brackets, that expressed the nations income deciles in local currency.

They self-rated their income category in answer to the question: Here is a scale of incomes. We would like to know in what group your household is, counting all wages, salaries, pensions and other incomes that come in. Just give the letter of the group your household falls into, before taxes and other deductions.

Relative income is measured as the percentile in th national income distribution.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a Beta = +.01 p < .001 Beta controlled for:
-Interaction between absolute and relative income
-Individual variables
  -log of absolute income
  -Marital status
  -Employment status
-Country (dummies)

No difference if controlled for country variables instead of dummies.