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Studies

Hagerty (2000): study ZZ Developed nations 1972

Publication

Author(s):
Hagerty, M.R.
Title:
Social Comparison of Incomes in One's Community: Evidence from National Surveys of Income and Happiness.
Source:
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000, Vol. 78, 764 - 771

Investigation

Public:
General public, 8 developed countries, 1972-1994
Survey name:
Pooled surveys
Sample:
Varied Probability
Respondents:
N = 120000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Equivalent questions on happiness and life-satisfaction rated on various scales.  The items differ slightly in wording and number of the response options.

Scores are transformed to a common range 0 - 10 by means of expert weighting of response options (Thurstone's method).
Classification:
O-Sum---sq-nt-11-a

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Mean income Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Income distribution Income inequality in nation