Happiness Science – Popular Topic. What is happiness? An evaluation of a life. A happy life is a good life. How is happiness measured? Standard economics (Utility/$$$) Welfare economics (Capabilities/HDI) Subjective Measures (Quality of Life, Subjective Well-Being). Happiness Science
Taking all things together, would you say you are 1 Very happy2 Rather happy3 Not very happy4 Not at all happy
All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? Using a scale on which 1 means you are “completely dissatisfied” and 10 means you are “completely satisfied” where would you put your satisfaction with your life as a whole?
Completely dissatisfied Completely satisfied1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Kahneman et al. (2006) “Would you be happier if you were richer? A focusing illusion” SCIENCE, 312, 1908-1910.
“the dating question EVIDENTLY caused that aspect of life to become salient and its importance to be exaggerated when the respondents encountered the more general question about their happiness” (p. 1908).
Grey=multiple items richer? A focusing illusion” SCIENCE, 312, 1908-1910.Black=single items
Top 10 Happy Nations satisfaction?
1. Finland2. Netherlands3. Iceland4. Luxembourg5. Sweden6. Australia7. Norway8. Canada9. Ireland10. USA
Top 10 Bias Nations
1. Puerto Rico2. Colombia3. Venezuela4. Brazil5. El Salvador6. Malta ?7. Switzerland ?8. Denmark ?9. Mexico10. Austria ?
Lowest 10 Nations Residuals satisfaction?Unhappier than PPP predicts
1. Zimbabwe2. Luxembourg3. Ukraine4. Russia5. Tanzania6. Belarus7. Moldova8. Armenia9. Pakistan10. Georgia
Top 10 Residuals satisfaction?Happier than PPP Predicts
1. Indonesia2. Colombia !3. China4. El Salvador5. Mexico !6. Dominican Republic7. Nigeria8. Finland9. Malta10. Philippines !