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Does it Matter How Happiness is Measured? Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Experiment


Raphael Studer


Independent

November 1, 2011


Abstract:     
A continuous and a discrete rating scale were implemented for a single item happiness question in a representative survey. A randomized controlled experiment enables unique analyses on data quality and distributions, which suggest superiority of the continuous scale. Results raise doubts about earlier inferences drawn on correlates of happiness. So far only self-assessed discrete happiness data have been used for research into the determinants of happiness. However, distribution distortions were found for the numerically labeled discrete scale, especially for women. Through this discretization bias, the widely reported gender happiness inequality puzzle can be explained.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: Happiness, subjective well-being, life satisfaction, likert scale, visual analogue scale, rating scales, gender inequalities, gender gap

JEL Classification: C81, I31


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Date posted: November 25, 2011  

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Studer, Raphael, Does it Matter How Happiness is Measured? Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Experiment (November 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1963817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1963817

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