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dc.contributor.authorDe Jonge, Tineke
dc.contributor.authorVeenhoven, Ruut
dc.contributor.authorKalmijn, Wim
dc.contributor.authorArends, Lidia
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-16T12:57:57Z
dc.date.available2017-05-16T12:57:57Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationDe Jong, T. et al. 2016. Pooling time series based on slightly different questions about the same topic forty years of survey research on happiness and life satisfaction in the Netherlands. Social Indicators Research, 126:863-891. [https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11205-015-0898-5]
dc.identifier.issn0303-8300
dc.identifier.issn1573-0921 (Online)
dc.identifier.urihttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11205-015-0898-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/24687
dc.description.abstractSurvey research on subjective wellbeing in The Netherlands started in the early 1970s. The time series happiness and life satisfaction that have emerged since then are unfortunately based on slightly different survey items of which one part uses verbal response scales and another part uses numerical response scales. The diversity of the survey items and a number of other measurement issues, such as the effects of changes in survey mode, hamper comparison over time and make it difficult to establish whether life became any better over the last forty years. These problems can be tackled using the recently developed Reference Distribution Method with which responses to equivalent but not identical survey questions can be pooled to obtain long, consistent time series. We applied the Reference Distribution method to pool time series of happiness and life satisfaction. We conclude that in the past 40 years the Dutch have become slightly happier and satisfied with their lives.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSpringer
dc.subjectRating scales
dc.subjectComparability
dc.subjectBeta distribution
dc.subjectReference distribution
dc.subjectHappiness
dc.subjectlife satisfaction
dc.subjectPooling time series
dc.titlePooling time series based on slightly different questions about the same topic forty years of survey research on happiness and life satisfaction in the Netherlands
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.researchID23422122 - Veenhoven, Ruut


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