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Oishi et al. (2012): study ZZ 2007

Publication

Author(s):
Oishi, S.; Diener, E.; Schimmack, U.
Title:
Progressive Taxation and the Subjective Well-Being of Nations.
Source:
Psychological Science, 2012, Vol. 23, 86 - 92

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged, general public, 54 nations, 2007
Survey name:
GallupWorldPoll2007
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 59634
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

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:
Global-life evaluation
Page in publication:
87
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.16 6.16
SD:
0.36 0.36
Full text:
Selfreport on 16 questions

Did you yesterday..?
A  smile and laugh a lot
B  were you proud of something?
C  learn or do something interesting
D did you feel enjoyment?
E did you feel love?
F would you like to have more days like yesterday?
H  did you feel feel well rested?
I  were you treated with respect?
J  were you able to choose how you spend your time?
K did you have good tasting food?

Did you feel a lot yesterday
L  worry
M  sadness
N  depression
O  boredom
P  anger
Q  shame

Rated:
1: yes
0: no

Computation:
- Average % positive affect = (A-K)/10
- Average % negative affect = (L-Q)/6
- Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect

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-p
Author's label:
positive/negative daily experiences
Remarks:
Author uses two variables: Positive daily xperiences: A-K  and Negative daily experiences: L-Q
Page in publication:
87
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range -100 - 100 On range 0-10
Mean:
0.49
SD:
0.05

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Income inequality Income inequality in nation Log-linear GDP per capita Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Progressive taxation Size of government in nation Satisfaction with public goods Satisfaction with welfare provision for the elderly in nation