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Charness & Grosskopf (2001): study ES 1998

Publication

Author(s):
Charness, G.; Grosskopf, B.
Title:
Relative Pay offs and Happiness: An Experimental Study.
Source:
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2001, Vol. 45, 301 - 328

Investigation

Public:
University students, Barcelona, Spain, 1998
Sample:
Non-probability accidental sample
Respondents:
N = 121
Non Response:
0 %
Assessment:
Multiple methods
Questionnaire and experiment

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

." In general how happy or unhappy do you usually feel....?"
Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness.
10  extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic)
9    very happy (feeling really good, elated)
8    pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good)
7    mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful)
6    slightly happy (just a bit above neutral)
5    neutral (not particularly happy or unhappy)
4    slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral)
3    mildly unhappy  (just a little low)
2    pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down)
1    very unhappy (depressed, spirits very low)
0    extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down)

Fordyce Happiness Scale
Classification:
A-AOL-g-sq-v-11-a
Author's label:
General level of happiness (GH)
Page in publication:
308
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.95
Full text:
Selfreport on 3 questions:

"What percentage of the time would you say you are....?" (Percentages must add up to 100%)
1   happy
2   unhappy
3   neutral

Computation: Net Time Happy (NTH) % time happy - % time unhappy
Classification:
A-TH-g-mq-th%-100-a
Author's label:
% of time Happy, Neutral, Unhappy
Remarks:
% of time Happy 43.1, Neutral 43.1, Unhappy 13.8
Page in publication:
308

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Passive (dead) vs active (live) role in partition experiment Context of the interview Decision 1: egalitarian over other-rewarding Egoistic
Current helping
Preference for equal rights
Decision 2 (egalitarian vs downgrading choice) Egoistic
Current helping
Preference for equal rights
Momentary happiness (MH) Current mood of the moment