Findings on happiness in Inglehart et al. (2008): study ZZ 1981

Publication
Author(s)Inglehart, R.; Foa, R.; Peterson, C.
TitleDevelopment, Freedom, and Rising Happiness.
SourcePerspectives on Psychological Science, 2008, Vol. 3, 264 - 285
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, 52 nations, 1981-2007
 Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, East-Germany, West-germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea (south), Latvia, Lithunia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slowakia, Slovenia, South Africa,, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA.
 1981-2007
Survey nameNot available
 World Values Surveys 1981-2007.
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Probability samples within nations, non-probability sample of nations
Respondents N =72000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication267, 282-284
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on single question: On the whole, how happy would you say you are.....? 4 very happy 3 fairly happy 2 not very happy 1 very unhappy
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-v-4-b
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication267,282-284
RemarksScores reversed (in original 1 = very happy) Actual range: 1,40 (Moldova 1996) to 2,58 (Nigeria 2000)
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Full textSelfreport on two questions: A Taking all together, how happy would you say you are? 4 very happy 3 quite happy 2 not very happy 1 not at all happy B All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole now? 10 satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 dissatisfied Computation: (Ax2,5) +B -10 Name: Inglehart's combined score
ClassificationO-Sum---mq-*-14-a
Page in publication267, 282-284
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
(Change in) National prideshow  Change in attitudes to nation
(Change in) democracyshow  Political democracy in nation
(Change in) GDP per capita (in PPP/pc)show  Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
(Change in) Sense of free choiceshow  Freedom in nations
(Change in) Strength of religiosityshow  Religion in nation
(Change in) Tolerance of outgroupsshow  Tolerance in nation
Change average happinessshow  Trend in general public
Summed effects on change in happinessshow  Summed nation characteristics
Summed effects on levels of happinessshow  Summed nation characteristics