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Studies

Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ 1974

Publication

Author(s):
Veenhoven, R.
Title:
Conditions of Happiness.
Source:
Kluwer Academic, 1984 (reprint), Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged, general public, 55 nations, 1974-1976
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 8433
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Conducted by Gallup bureaus in different countries.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

"To indicate how you feel about your life at this time, would you use this card? Suppose the top of the mountain represents the best life you can imagine, and the bottom step of the mountain represents the worst possible life you can imagine. On which step of the mountain would you say you personally feel you stand at this time? - assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it. Just point to the step that comes closest to how you feel"
10  best possible life
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0  worst possible life

(Mountain scale not reproduced here)
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-m-11-a
Author's label:
Overall happiness

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding GNP per capita Gnp per capita (raw) Absolute poverty Poverty in nation Malnutrition Malnutrition in nation Public health expenditure Public health in nation Income inequality Income inequality in nation Coercion by government Political freedom in nation Degree of 'interest democracy' Interest democracy (interest-groups) in nation Degree of internal war Civil war in nation