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Studies

Easterlin (1974): study US 1970

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:
Adults, general public, USA, 1970
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 1517
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...?
3   very happy
2   fairly happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-ab
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
100
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 43%,   2: 48%,   3: 6%   (total 97%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
1.62 5.61
SD:
0.60 1.50

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Size of Income Household income