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Ovaska & Takashima (2006): study ZZ 1990

Publication

Author(s):
Ovaska, T.; Takashima, R.
Title:
Economic Policy and the Level of Self-Perceived Well-Being: An International Comparison.
Source:
Journal of Socio-Economics, 2006, Vol. 35, 308 - 325

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, 68 nations, 1990-2001.
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 120000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, would you say you are.....?
4  very happy
3  quite happy
2  not very happy
1  not at all happy.
Classification:
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Range 2,44 - 3,47.
Data taken from World Database of Happiness, Collection of Happiness in Nations.
Page in publication:
17
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.01
SD:
0.27
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
1   dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10  satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Remarks:
Range: 3,95 - 8,31
Data taken from World Database of Happiness, Collection of Happiness in Nations.
Page in publication:
17
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.63 6.26
SD:
1.11 1.23

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding GDP per capita (thousands) Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Economic freedom Economic freedom in nation Political freedom Political freedom in nation Life expectancy Life-expectancy in the nation GDP growth Economic growth/decline in nation Government size Size of government in nation
Government expenditures
Asian Current nation of residence Educational attainment Literacy in nation Female labor participation Gender inequality (women emancipation) in nation Unemployment rate Unemployment in nation Inflation rate Inflation in nation GDP per capita of neighbors Wealth: relative to neighour countries Export Openness of economy in nation Import Openness of economy in nation Christianity Value climate in the nation Islam Value climate in the nation Population aging Population composition in nation