Correlational finding on Happiness and Current nation of residence
Subject code: N10ab

StudyVeenhoven (1994c): study ZZ Developed nations 1948
TitleIs Happiness a Trait? Test of the Theory that a Better Society does not Make People any Happier.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1994, Vol. 32, 101 - 160
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1765/16155
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF01078732
PublicAdults, general public, 9 developed nations, 1948-1981
SampleNon-probability accidental sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =9

Correlate
Author's labelRelative temperal stability of average happiness in nations
Page in Source 134
Our classificationCurrent nation of residence, code N10ab
Operationalization
Similarity in rank order of average happiness in 
nations in 1948
and in 1981
Remarks
Meta-analysis of data drawn from this World database of 
happiness

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW---sq-t-11-ars=+.73 p < .01
Country        rank order of happiness
               1948               1981

Australia         2                 2/3
Britain (Great)   9                  7
France           7/8                 5
Germany (West)    4                  1
Italy            7/8                 8
Netherlands       5                  6
Norway            1                 2/3
Mexico            6                  9
USA               3                  4


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW---sq-t-11-aSelf report on single question:

Various questions on overall satisfaction with life as a whole.

Scores transformed to scale 0-10


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rsSPEARMAN'S RANK CORRELATION COEFFICIENT
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: ordinal, Happiness: ordinal.
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
rs = 0 no rank correlation
rs = 1 perfect rank correlation, where high correlate values are associated with high happiness ratings
rs =-1 perfect rank correlation, where high correlate values are associated with low happiness ratings
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl