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Bjornskov et al. (2008b): study ZZ EU 15 1973

Publication

Author(s):
Bjornskov, C.; Datta Gupta, N.; Pedersen, P.J.
Title:
Analysing Trends in Subjective Well-Being in 15 European Countries, 1973 - 2002.
Source:
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2008, Vol. 9, 317 - 330

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged, general public, EU 15 member states, 1973-2002.
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 250000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single  question:

On the whole how satisfied are you with the life you lead?
4  very satisfied
3  fairly satisfied
2  not very satisfied
1  not at all satisfied
-  Don't know
Classification:
O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
Mean in autumn 2002 3,05. Range 3,61(Denmark) to 2,52 (Portugal)
Changes estimated in 158 overlapping 4-year-trends between 1972 and 2002.
Average trend +0,06; sd 1,46. Range: - 4,48 (Belgium 1978-82) to + 3,86 (Ireland 1988-92)
Page in publication:
320-322
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.05
SD:
0.28

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding GDP-change in same period, absolute and relative Economic growth/decline in nation Change in life expectancy, absolute and relative Life-expectancy in the nation Change in government consumption, absolute and relative Size of government in nation
Government consumption in nation