Happiness Scale Interval Study. Methodological Considerations

We present the results of the application to the happiness data in 20 Dutch surveys in the period 1990–2008

W. M. Kalmijn


Scholarcy highlights

  • The Happiness Scale Interval Study deals with survey questions on happiness, using verbal response options, such as ‘very happy’ and ‘pretty happy’
  • The second option assumes the happiness distribution to be described as a beta distribution on the interval with two shape parameters
  • The basic assumption of this approach is that every respondent in the application phase with R = Rj will report this rating on the basis of his happiness feeling which corresponds to an H-value in the interval (bj-1, bj]
  • The essential difference is the replacement of the transformed code number of the categories with the empirical mid-interval values, but the conversion of sample results into information on the population happiness distribution follows identical lines
  • The observations are available http://worlddatabaseof happiness.eur.nl/scalestudy/datafiles/first100cases.xls and the results have been described by, Chap
  • In a paper we will evaluate the application of this approach to a number of verbal scales and test to what extent the underlying assumptions and the model can be corroborated or not

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