Findings on happiness in Hagerty (2000): study US 1989

Author(s)Hagerty, M.R.
TitleSocial Comparison of Incomes in One's Community: Evidence from National Surveys of Income and Happiness.
SourceJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000, Vol. 78, 764 - 771
Public18+ aged general public, USA, 1989-1996
Last assesment1996
Survey nameCN-GSS 2003
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =8362
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksExcluding 1992, 1995
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are...? 3 very happy 2 fairly happy 1 not too happy
Page in publication767
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 3On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.61

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Household incomeshow  Household income
Marital statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
R-squaredshow  Socio-demographic factors only
Reference incomeshow  Relative to income of compatriots
Sexeshow  Sexe: male (vs female)
Years of educationshow  Years schooling