Findings on happiness in Easterlin (1974): study ZZ 1957

Author(s)Easterlin, R.A.
TitleDoes Economic Growth Improve the Human Lot? Some Empirical Evidence.
SourceDavid, P.A.;Melvin, W.R.;Eds.: "Nations and Households in Economic Growth", Academic Press, 1974, New York, USA, 89 - 125.
PublicAdults, general public, 14 nations, 1957-1962
 United States, Cuba, Egypt, IsraŽl, West Germany, Japan, Yugoslavia, Phillipines, Panama, Nigeria, Brazil, Poland, India and Dominican Republic. Previously reported in "The Public Interest" 1973, no. 30, p. 3 - 10
Last assesment1962
 1957 - 1962
Survey nameNot available
 International study by Cantrill 1965. (See CANTR 1965/1 in this database.)
SampleSelection from general population sample
 Probabilty samples in 14 nations in different areas of the world,
Respondents N =18653
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 By native interviewer
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? [ 10 ] best possible life [ 9 ] [ 8 ] [ 7 ] [ 6 ] [ 5 ] [ 4 ] [ 3 ] [ 2 ] [ 1 ] [ 0 ] worst possible life Preceded by 1) open questions about what the respondent imagines as the best possible life and the worst possible life. 2) ratings on the ladder of one's life five years ago and where on the ladder one expects to stand five years from now. Name: Cantril's self anchoring ladder rating of life (original)
Author's labelRating of personal happiness (0 - 10)
Page in publication105
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Economic developmentN04ab01bPurchasing power (`real' gnp pc)