Findings on happiness in Walsh (2012): study ZZ EU 27 2004 /1

Author(s)Walsh, B.
TitleThe Influence of Macro-Economic Conditions and Institutional Quality on National Levels of Life Satisfaction.
SourceWorking Paper 12/08, UCD Centre for Economic Research, 2012, Dublin, Ireland
Public18+ aged, general public, 23 European nations, 2004
Collect period2004-2011
Last assesment2011
Survey nameEU-Eurobarometer combined waves
SampleProbability area sample
 Non-probality sample of nations, probability sample within nations.
Respondents N =196000
 Not reported, estimate assuming about 1500 per survey
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarks232 observations in 28 nations.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole how satisfied are you with the life you lead? 4 very satisfied 3 fairly satisfied 2 not very satisfied 1 not at all satisfied - Don't know
Author's labelLife-satisfaction
Page in publication3
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.36

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Combined effectshow  Summed nation characteristics
GDP per capitashow  Gnp per capita (raw)
Income inequalityshow  Income inequality in nation
Inflation rateshow  Inflation in nation
Institutional quality, absence of corruption, Cleanshow  Corruption in nation
Institutional quality, absence of corruption, Cleanshow  Quality of government in nation, also classified as above ↑
Unemployment rateshow  Unemployment in nation