Findings on happiness in Kahneman & Krueger (2006): study US 2004

Author(s)Kahneman, D.; Krueger, A.B.
TitleDevelopments in the Measurement of Subjective Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Economic Perspectives, 2006, Vol. 20, 3 - 24
PublicEmployed females, USA , 2004
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
Respondents N =909
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentExperience sampling
 Day Reconstruction method (DRM). Respondents are asked to fill out a diary summarizing episodes, that occured in the preceding day and what they did. Afterwards they are asked to descirbe how they felt during each activity and report the intensity of their feelings.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on yesterday's activities using a diary format. Nine affects were rated for each episode: A happy B warm, friendly C enjoying myself D frustrated, annoyed E depressed, blue F hassled, pushed around G angry, hostile H worried, anxious I criticized, put down Rating: 0 'not at all' to 6 'very much' Computation: (A+B+C)/3 - (D+E+F+H+H+I)/6 Name: Kahneman's Net Affect . . 6
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Would you way that you are....? 4 very satisfied 3 somewhat satisfied 2 somewhat dissatisfied 1 very dissatisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
DivorcedM01aa02aEver divorced/separated
EducationE01aaDevelopment of one's education
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Sleep QualityS04ab02Quality of sleep