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Studies

Veenhoven & Hagerty (2006): study US 1946

Publication

Author(s):
Veenhoven, R.; Hagerty, M.R.
Title:
Rising Happiness in Nations 1946 - 2004: A Reply to Easterlin.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2006, Vol. 79, 421 - 436

Investigation

Public:
Adult, general public, United States 1946-2004
Survey name:
Survey series: findings of which are listed in World Database of Happiness
Sample:
Varied Probability
Respondents:
N = 2000000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Scores on slightly different questions type O-HL transformed to a common four step scale
Classification:
O-HL-*-sq-v*-4-a
Author's label:
4 step happiness
Page in publication:
424/5
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Scores on slightly different questions type O-HL transformed to a common three step scale
Classification:
O-HL-*-sq-vt-3-a
Author's label:
3 step happiness
Page in publication:
425
Full text:
Equivalent questions  type C-BW, differing slightly in time frame, wording or scale range. Scores  transformed to the same 0-10 numerical scale
Classification:
C-BW-*-sq-nt-11-a
Author's label:
11 step Best Worst Possible life
Page in publication:
425
Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

In general, are you satisfied with the way things are going in your personal life at this time?
2  satisfied
1  dissatisfied
Classification:
O-SLP-c-sq-v-2-a
Author's label:
2 step life-satisfaction
Page in publication:
426

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Trend Trend average happiness in Unites States of America
Change GDP in nation: economic growth/decline