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Studies

Bjornskov (2008a): study US 1993

Publication

Author(s):
Bjornskov, C.
Title:
Social Capital and Happiness in the United States.
Source:
Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2008, Vol. 3, 43 - 62

Investigation

Public:
18+aged, general public, 9 regions, USA, 1983-1998
Sample:
Probability area sample
Respondents:
N = 60200
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

I am very satisfied with the way things are going in my life these days:
1  definitely disagree
2
3
4
5
6   definitely agree
Classification:
O-SLP-c-sq-n-6-a
Author's label:
Happiness/life-satisfaction
Remarks:
Average happiness in 48 Us States in 1990-1998, ranging from 2,8 (Idaho) to 4,2 (Arizona).
Page in publication:
Table 1
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 6 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.04 -
SD:
0.08 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Trends in life-satisfaction 1983-1998 Trend average happiness in special publics
Trend average happiness in cities/regions
Social trust Trust in fellow-man in nation Formal sociability Social cohesion in nation Informal sociability Social cohesion in nation