Findings on happiness in Berg (2010): study ZZ 2000

Author(s)Berg, M.C.
TitleGeluk in Landen: Een Empirische Studie naar Condities voor een Gelukkige Samenleving. ( Happiness in Nations. An Emperical Study of Conditions for a Happy Society).
SourceDoctoral Thesis Department of Social Science, Erasmus University, 2010, Rotterdam, Netherlands
PublicAdults, general public, 119 countries, 2000-2006
Survey nameNot available
 'States of Nations' which forms part of the World Database of Happiness
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Probablilty in nations, probability of nations
Respondents N =119
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 in some countries by telephone or CATI
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 0 dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication179
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelContentment
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on 14 questions Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about.. A enjoyment? B physical pain C worry D sadness E stress F anger G depression H love Now please think about YESTERDAY, from the morning until the end of the day. Think of where you were, what you were doing and how you felt. I Did you feel well rested yesterday? J Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday? K Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? L Would you like to have more days just like yesterday? M Were you proud of something you did yesterday? N Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Rated: 1 yes 0 no - no answer, don't know Computation: - Average % positive affect = (A+H+I+J+K+L+M+N)/8 - Average % negative affect = (B+C+D+E+F+G)/6 - Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
Author's labelMood
Page in publication180
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Income inequalityshow  Income inequality in nation
Income inequalityshow  Inequality of happiness in nations, also classified as above ↑