Correlational finding on Happiness and Attitudes to region of residence
Subject code: R01ac

StudyMacRae & Carlson (1980): study US NorthCarolina 1971
TitleCollective Preferences as Predictors of Interstate Migration.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1980, Vol. 8, 15 - 32
DOIDOI:10.1007/BF00364599
Public18+ aged, general public, North Carolina, USA, 1977
Sample
Non-ResponseAbout 25%
Respondents N =1081

Correlate
Author's labelPreference to live in own state
Page in Source 22
Our classificationAttitudes to region of residence, code R01ac
Operationalization
Single direct question: "If you could live anywhere in 
the United States that you wanted to, what state would 
you choose?"
0 other state
1 own state

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-adD%=+
%  very happy:
other state          22%  
own state            31%


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-adSelfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, how would you say you are these days? Would you say you are..........?
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
D%DIFFERENCE in PERCENTAGES
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate level: dichotomous, but nominal or ordinal theoretically possible as well. Happiness level: dichotomous
Range: [-100; +100]

Meaning: the difference of the percentages happy people at two correlate levels.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl