Findings on happiness in Nidup et al. (2018): study BT 2012

Author(s)Nidup, J.; de Silva, A.; Feeny, S.
TitleImproving Well-Being in Bhutan: A Pursuit of Happiness or Poverty Reduction?
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2018, Vol. 140, 79 - 100
PublicAdults, age range not rpeorted, Bhutan, 2012
Survey nameBT Bhutan Living Standard Survey 2012
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =8847
Non Response11,5%
 Sample= 9998, 1151 excluded from analysis due to missing answers
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: In general, how happy do you consider yourself to be? 5 very happy 4 moderately happy 3 neither happy nor unhappy 2 moderately unhappy 1 very unhappy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication84
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.76

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Believe in a local deityR12ab04Specific beliefs
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Household sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household
Income povertyI01ab03Household income
Income povertyI01ac01`objective` poverty, also classified as above ↑
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Member of farmer's cooperativeS07ab01Membership of voluntary organizations
Multi Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI)I01ac01`objective` poverty
Nationality of household headH20ac01Characteristics of household-members
Number of dependent hh membersH20ac01aDependent persons in household
Number of rooms in houseH22ab02Type of current dwelling
Ownership of houseH22ab01Ownership of current dwelling
Savings accountP12ab05Savings
Self-perceived povertyI01ac02Subjective poverty
TogethernessL17ab01Local social cohesion
Trust in neighboursN11ab31aTrust in fellow-man in nation
UnemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
WidowedM02aeWidowed (vs all other)