Findings on happiness in Stillman et al. (2015): study ZZ Various nation sets 2005

Author(s)Stillman, S.; Gibson, J.; McKenzie, D.; Rohorua, H.
TitleMiserable Migrants? Natural Experiment Evidence on International Migration and Objective and Subjective Well-Being.
SourceWorld Development, 2015, Vol. 65, 79 - 93
Public18-45 aged, general public, New-Zealand and Tonga, 2005-2008
Last assesment2008
 T1: 2005, T2: 2008
Survey namePacificIsland-NewZealand MigrationSurvey
SampleSelection from general population sample
 Applicants in a ballot lottery that allows migration from Tonga to New Zealand. Specific findings on applicants who did not migrate are reported in another excerpt (Id 11008) as well as of applicants who did migrate (Id 11009).
Respondents N =254
 T1: 101 migrants, 153 non-migrants T2: 89 migrants, 86 non-migrants
Non Response66%
 Non-response at T2: 30%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How would you rate the last month of your life. Was it a happy or an unhappy time for you......? 5 very happy time 4 fairly happy time 3 happy nor unhappy 2 rather unhappy time 1 very unhappy time
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication5
RemarksOwn calculation
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in happinessH04aa01bIn specific periods in the past
Change in happinessM07aa02Time since migration, also classified as above ↑
MigrationM07aa01Ever migrated or not
MigrationM07aa07Recent migration, also classified as above ↑
MigrationM07aa02Time since migration, also classified as above ↑