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Studies

Sacks et al. (2010): study ZZ World samples 2002

Publication

Author(s):
Sacks, D.W.; Stevenson, B.; Wolfers, J.
Title:
Subjective well-being, income, economic development and growth.
Source:
Working Paper 2010-28, FRBSF, 2010, San Francisco, USA

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged general public, 44 countries, 2002
Survey name:
PEW survey 2002
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 32463
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the  bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?   
[  10  ]  best possible life
[    9  ]
[    8  ]
[    7  ]
[    6  ]
[    5  ]
[    4  ]
[    3  ]
[    2  ]
[    1  ]
[    0  ]  worst possible life
                          
                                                                                
Preceded by 1)  open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and  where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now.

Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-a

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding GDP/capita Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Average selfreported household income Average income in nation