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Studies

Levinson (2011): study US 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Levinson, A.
Title:
Valuing Air Quality Using Happiness Data: The Case of Air Quality
Source:
Journal of Public Economics, 96, 869-880

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged, general public, United States, 1984-1996
Survey name:
US-GSS
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 6035
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: telephone (CATI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....?
3   very happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.17
SD:
0.63

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Air pollution Environmental quality Income Current income level (unspecified) Age Current age (in years) Gender Sex (male vs female) Married Married state (compared to non-married states) Kids Ever had children (vs not) Employed status Current employment status
Unfit for work
College graduare Level of school-education Health status Self-perceived health Rain Climate Tempertaure mean Climate