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Studies

Stevenson & Wolfers (2008): study ZZ World samples 2006

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:
Adults, general public, 131 nations, 2006
Survey name:
INT-GallupWorldPoll2006
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 131000
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
Page in publication:
table 1

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding GDP/capita Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc) Household income Household income