Findings on happiness in Bjornskov (2014): study ZZ Europe 1975

Author(s)Bjornskov, C.
TitleDo Economic Reforms Alleviate Subjective Well-Being Losses of Economic Crises?
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2014, Vol. 15, 163 - 182
Public14+ aged, 29 countries (EU member states and potential members), 1975-2011
Last assesment2011
Survey nameEU-Eurobarometer combined waves
 Pooled samples 1975-2011
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
 Non-rprobability sample of nations, probability sample within nations.
Respondents N =2000
 2000 = yearly sample size for each country participating to the survey
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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 labelSubjective well-being
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.33

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Crisisshow  Change GDP in nation: economic growth/decline
GDP growth rateshow  Change GDP in nation: economic growth/decline
Government ideologyshow  Dominant political ideology in nation
Government sizeshow  Size of government in nation
Investment price levelshow  Investment price level in nation
Lagged satisfactionshow  In recent past
Legal qualityshow  NATION: JUSTICE
Log GDP per capitashow  Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
Opennessshow  Openness of economy in nation
Postcommunistshow  Post communist nation
Regulationsshow  Economic freedom in nation
Social trustshow  Trust in fellow-man in nation