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Studies

Stevenson & Wolfers (2008): study ZZ Europe 1973

Publication

Author(s):
Stevenson, B.; Wolfers, J.
Title:
Economic Growth and Subjective Well-being: Reassessing the Easterlin Paradox.
Source:
Brooking Papers on Economic Activity, 2008, Washington DC, USA

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged general public, Europe, 1973-2007
Survey name:
EU-Eurobarometer combined waves
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 1210000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single  question:

On the whole how satisfied are you with the life you lead?
4  very satisfied
3  fairly satisfied
2  not very satisfied
1  not at all satisfied
-  Don't know
Classification:
O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b
Page in publication:
Table 4
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...?
3   very happy
2   fairly happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-ab
Page in publication:
Table 4

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding GDP/capita: level Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Change GPD/capita first differences Economic growth/decline in nation Trend lifesatisfaction in EU Trend in general public