Findings on happiness in Levinson (2011): study US 1984

Author(s)Levinson, A.
TitleValuing Air Quality Using Happiness Data: The Case of Air Quality
SourceJournal of Public Economics, 96, 869-880
Public15+ aged, general public, United States, 1984-1996
Last assesment1996
Survey nameUS-GSS
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =6035
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.63

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Air pollutionshow  Environmental quality
College graduareshow  Level of school-education
Employed statusshow  Current employment status
Employed statusshow  Unfit for work, also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sexe: male (vs female)
Health statusshow  Self-perceived health
Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)
Kidsshow  Ever had children (vs not)
Marriedshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Rainshow  Climate
Tempertaure meanshow  Climate