Findings on happiness in Land et al. (2017): study US 1976

Author(s)Land, K.C.; Lamb, V. L.; Zang, E.
TitleObjective and Subjective Indices of Well-Being: Resolving the Easterlin Happiness-Income Paradox
SourceBrulé G. and Maggino M. (Eds.): "Metrics of Subjective Well-Being: Limits and Improvements" 2017, Springer, Cham, Swiss, 223-235
DOIDOI: 10.10007/978-3-319-61810_4
PublicHigh school seniors, USA, 1976-2012
Collect period1976
Last collect period2012
Survey nameMonitoring the Future Survey (MTF)
 Waves 1976-2012
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =60000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 7 completely satisfied 6 quite satisfied 5 somewhat satisfied 4 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 3 somewhat dissatisfied 2 quite dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication231
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Family incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
Family incomeN04aa02gEconomic growth/decline in nation, also classified as above ↑
Family incomeE03ab01baTrend happiness in age groups, also classified as above ↑