Findings on happiness in Ruprah (2010): study ZZ Latin America 1997

Author(s)Ruprah, I.J.
TitleDoes Owning Your Home Make You Happier? Impact Evidence from Latin America.
SourceWorking Paper OVE/WP-02-10, Inter-American Development Bank, 2010, Washington DC, USA
Public18+ aged, general public, Latin America, 1997-2007
Last assesment2007
 except for years: 1998, 1999 and 2002
Survey nameLatinobarometro9710
SampleProbability systematic sample
Respondents N =147446
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelCantril Ladder
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.601.60

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Country effectshow  Current nation of residence
Economic situationshow  Sufficiency of current income
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Employment statusshow  Current employment status
Employment statusshow  Self employed, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Homeownershipshow  House owned or rented
ln (GDP per capita)show  Gnp per capita (raw)
Marital statusshow  Married vs never married
Marital statusshow  Vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Size of the cityshow  Community size
Year effectshow  Trend in general public