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Studies

Goff et al. (2016): study US 2008

Publication

Author(s):
Goff, L.; Helliwell, J.F.; Mayraz, G.
Title:
The Welfare Costs of WellBeing Inequality.
Source:
NBER Working Paper, 2016, No. 21900, 1 - 30

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, USA, 2008-2011
Survey name:
Gallup poll
Sample:
Probability cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 1400000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
N from combined years.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Inequality in life satisfaction Inequality in happiness in nation
Inequality in happiness in region