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Studies

Easterlin (2001): study US 1994

Publication

Author(s):
Easterlin, R.A.
Title:
Income and Happiness: Towards a Unified Theory.
Source:
The Economic Journal, 2001, Vol. 111, 465 - 484

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, USA, 1994
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 2627
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 12%,   2: 60%,   3: 28%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.16 7.12
SD:
0.61 1.59

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Household Income Household income Life cycle Current age (in years)
Stage of life
Current income level (unspecified)
Level of Education Current age (in years)
Stage of life
Trend happiness in educational groups
Earlier educational level
Level of school-education