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Studies

Easterlin (1974): study US 1956

Publication

Author(s):
Easterlin, R.A.
Title:
Does Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence.
Source:
David, P.A.;Melvin, W.R.;Eds.: "Nations and Households in Economic Growth", Academic Press, 1974, New York, USA, 89 - 125.

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, United States, 1956
Survey name:
US-AIPO 570
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 1979
Non Response:
0
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general, how happy would you say you are ?
3  very happy
2  fairly happy
1  not at all happy
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-3-a
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 5%,   2: 41%,   3: 53%   (total 99%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.48 7.72
SD:
0.59 2.06