1 DATA GATHERING: World Database of Happiness
Ongoing catalog of empirical research findings on happiness, meant to facilitate research synthesis and comparison across time and nations. Serves as the basis for studies ad 2.
The data collection is free available on the web: http://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl
its start in 1999 the database attracted 356.775 visitors, of which 85.775 during the last
The Database involves the following inventories:
1.1 Bibliography of
DenBuitelaar, Oostmeijer, Veenhoven, Vijverberg)
Stores publications that deal with happiness in the sense of life satisfaction.
Involves detailed subject classification. Contains currently 4415 publications.
Linked to Directory of Investigators, which contains 7565 names of investigators of which about 2000 with recent address.
new publications entered
∑ 246 new addresses entered
∑ Entering about 500 new publications
∑ Linking to electronic publications
1.2 Item bank of happiness (Veenhoven, Vijverberg)
Inventory of acceptable measures of happiness, mainly survey questions.
Classified by conceptual focus, timeframe, method of assessment and rating scale.
Links to studies that used these measures. Contains currently 875 acceptable measures
∑ 81 new items entered
∑ Start of entering text in other languages than English
∑ Start of item homogenization project (1.7)
∑ Continuation of entering text in other languages than English
∑ Entering new weights for computing comparable means. See project 1.7
1.3 Catalog of Distributional Findings in Nations (Veenhoven, Wartena)
Finding-browser that presents distribution of responses on acceptable questions on happiness in surveys of the general population in nations.
Can be searched on item type, time and nation
Contains currently 2800 findings from 95 nations 1942-2004
∑ 307 new findings entered
∑ Update of 8 finding reports on website
∑ Entering about 200 new findings
∑ Recomputing of transformed scores using weights from project 1.7
1.4 Catalog of Correlational Findings
(Blokzijl, DenBuitelaar, Kalmijn, Metz, Mieras, Shinnick, Swier, VanderJagt, VanOosterdorp, Veenhoven, Wartena)Finding browser that presents mini-abstracts of correlational research findings.
Can be searched on subject, happiness item, time and nation.
Contains now 8786 findings from 861
∑ 56 reports entered, involving 366 findings
∑ Programs for calculation of statistics added
∑ Entering about 100 reports
∑ Instruction for excerpters
1.5 States of nations database (Veenhoven, Wiltschut)
SPSS data file of nation variables. Involves data on happiness in nations derived from the above catalogs and further characteristics of nations taken from international statistics and surveys.
Meant to facilitate cross-national research on happiness.
The data file is free available on request
Contains currently 102 nations
∑ Addition of 10 nations and 15 variables
∑ Cleaning up of the archivePlanning for 2006
∑ Addition of more nations
1.6 Trends in nations database (Veenhoven, Wartena)
SPSS data file of distribution of happiness in nations by year and time-series of background variables drawn from international statistics. Meant to facilitate analysis of trends of happiness in nations. The data file is free available on request. Contains currently time series of 30 years and more in 12 nations
∑ First version published
Planning for 2006
∑ Addition of time series of happiness in social categories, such as in aged people
1.7 Item homogenization (Kalmijn, Mulder, Veenhoven)
Improvement of comparability of responses to differently worded questions in different languages using Thurstone transformation technique. Students in different countries rate the happiness intensity of response options to commonly used questions on happiness. The resulting weights are entered in the item bank and will allow automatic computation of transformed scores
∑ First questionnaire fielded
∑ Collection of questions in different languages startedPlanning for 2006
∑ Data analysis
1.8 Software development (DeHeer)
Findings are entered in three linked Access databases and are displayed on the web using php
∑ Redesign of website
∑ Improvement of search facilities on the web
∑ Optimalisation of website
2 DATA ANALYSIS
The data are used for 1) testing theories about happiness, and 2) providing information to support public choice and private choice.
2.1 Happiness and public choice
What policies will create the greatest happiness for the greatest number? The goal of this sub-program is to generate evidence-based knowledge for policy makers who aim at maximizing the level of happiness, while minimizing the difference in happiness among citizens.
2.1.1 The happy society, towards empirically inspired politics (Berg)
Exploration of the practical feasibility of rule-utilitarianism
∑ Literature study
Paper on happiness and income inequality in nations
∑ Paper on happiness and migration
2.1.2 Inequality of happiness in nations (Kalmijn, Ott, Veenhoven)
Analysis of dispersion of happiness in nations
∑ Update of finding reports on website
∑ Special issue JOHS over Inequality of happiness in nations' (accepted)
∑ Preparation of book
2.1.3 Governance and happiness (Ott, Veenhoven)
Does quality of governance matter?
∑ Concept paper Planning 2005
∑ Publication in Dutch and English
2.1.4 Trend of happiness in nations (Veenhoven)
Is life getting better in modern societies?
∑ Update of Trend reports on website
∑ Paper Is life getting better (accepted)
∑ Paper about trend of happiness in USA and Easterlin paradox
2.1.5 Social inequalities and happiness in nations (Berg, Blokzijl, Ott)
Which inequalities hurt?
∑ Analysis of gender inequality across nations
∑ Analysis of income inequality across nations
2.1.6 Local happiness (Mulliť, Ouweneel)
Do local conditions affect happiness? If so, how?
∑ Analysis Rotterdam city surveys
2.1.7 Livability of old age homes(Veenhoven)
What kind of home produce most happy life years for comparable residents
|Maarten Berg (drs)||data analysis||AIO||0,4|
|Carla den Buitelaar||office management||EUR-Socia||0,8|
|Sasqia Blokzijl-ChinHonFoei||data entry, data analysis||NWO||0,4|
|Marc Checola (emeritus professor)||bibliography, philosphy section||volunteer||0,1|
|Wim Kalmijn (drs)||statistics||volunteer||0,1|
|Bernard Metz (MD)||data entry||volunteer||0,1|
|Hans Mieras (ir)||data entry||volunteer||0,1|
|Joop Mulder||text processing||volunteer||0,4|
|Hanny VanOostendorp (drs)||data entry||volunteer||0,1|
|Jan Ott (mr drs)||data analysis||volunteer||0,4|
|Piet Ouweneel (drs)||data analysis||volunteer||0,1|
|Ruud Swier||data entry||volunteer||0,1|
|George VanderPoel (dr MD)||data entry||volunteer||0,1|
|Ruut Veenhoven (prof dr)||direction, data analysis||professor||0,4|
|Dirk Verheyen (dr)||maps||volunteer||0,1|
|Stanny Vijverberg-Vanleeuwen||data entry||volunteer||0,1|
|Paul Wartena (drs)||data entry||UWV||0,8|
|Giorgio Touburg||Happiness and mental health services in nations|
|Jenifer Wetsteijn||Happiness and life style|
|Sandy Boulsums||Happiness and marriage|
|Peter Lunenburg||Happiness and work|
|Christine Rittersberger||Trend of happiness among women|
|Liesbeth Snoep||Happiness and religion|
|Cora Verkerk||Happiness and values|
|Ph D students|
|Maarten Berg||Happiness and society|
|Ad Bergsma||Happiness advice|
|Anthonie Mullie||Happiness and local environment|
|Aghate Rietveld||Art of living|
|Jan Ott||Happiness and governance in nations|
|Piet Ouweneel||Local happiness|
|Ekaterina Uglanova||Economic wellbeing|
|Alex vandenberg||Happiness in organizations|
|Sonia Hernandez-Plaza||Dpt of Social Psychology, U. of Almeria, Spain||February 1-10 2006|
|Venassa Gonzales-Herero||Dpt. of Psychology, U. of Malaga, Spain||March-May 2006|
|Ekaterina Uglanova||School of Economics, Saint Peterburg, Russia||April-July 2006|
|Chrita Biron||Darmouth college, USA||March 19-25 2006|
|Imrich Ruisel||Academy of science, Slovakia||May 2006|
|Marc Checola||Dpt. of Philosophy, U of Minnesota, USA|