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Studies

Hendriks et al. (2018): study ZZ Various nation sets 2009

Publication

Author(s):
Hendriks, M.; Burger, M.; Ray, J.
Title:
Do International Migrants Increase Their Happiness and That of Their Families by Migrating?
Source:
Helliwell, J.F. et al (Eds.) "World Happiness Report, 2018", Working Paper, 12761, eSocial Sciences

Investigation

Public:
Migrants, Multiple nations, 2009-2016
Survey name:
INT-Gallup World Poll 2009-2016
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 36000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)
80% telephonic interview and 20% face-to face interview.

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
Author's label:
Life evaluation
Page in publication:
48
Full text:
Selfreport on 6 questions

Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about..
A  enjoyment?
B  worry
C sadness
D anger

Now please think about YESTERDAY, from the morning until the end of the day. Think of where you were, what you were doing and how you felt.
E  Did you smile or laugh a lot?
F  Did you feel happy?

Rated:
1 yes
0 no
- no answer, don't know

Computation: % (A+E+F) - %(B+C+D)Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A+E+F)/3
- Average % negative affect = (B+C+D)/3
- Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect

Name: Gallup 'Emotional health Index

These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Classification:
A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-g
Author's label:
Positive and Negative Affects
Page in publication:
48-49

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Migrants (wirthin regions) vs. stayers Difference in happiness of migrants with people in home country Migrants (between regions) vs. stayers Difference in happiness of migrants with people in home region Families with migrated intimate vs families without emigrants migration of intimates yes/no