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Expectations about the future are an interesting element to discuss at this point. For instance, if one expects to have a comfortable retirement one may want to adopt a safe lifestyle. This issue reveals that satisfaction indicators are, in a sense, much more informationally demanding than measures of well-being that are local in the preference space.
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Incompleteness must be limited in some way because it would be problematic if a subset of lives was completely incomparable to its complement subset. One may reasonably assume that for each life it is easy to find a similar life that differs only in a few dimensions and is clearly better or clearly worse. The calibration problem is the most interesting in the context of questionnaires.
Here there is a strong framing effect due to the fact that the scale offered in questionnaires is closed. While many aspects of life are open there is no maximal possible income, and probably no worst possible pain or have very fuzzy and remote physical limits bodily and intellectual performance, as well as longevity, have no known limits , giving a closed scale to respondents forces them to move from a reasoning in terms of life content to a reasoning in terms of statistical distribution.
They therefore have to determine where their situation lies in a particular distribution.
The problem is then to choose which distribution. Of course, this reference to a statistical distribution should not be taken too literally. Very few respondents will exactly identify the problem with finding a quantile in a distribution of possible lives. But it is clear that, given a fixed number of ordered categories, a respondent must choose a relative position for the grading of his life. It would be strange to hear a respondent saying that the human condition is appalling anyway, so that he chooses the worst category, or that life is the greatest gift, so that whatever happens he should pick the top of the categories.
In the Gallup World Poll, the formulation is as follows:. The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. It is interesting to note the ambiguities of the anchoring. These ambiguities introduce considerable noise in the data.
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How can one compare the answer of someone who defines the best possible life as the dreamed life of a human being in two millennia with the answer of someone who defines the best possible life as a moderately optimistic interpretation of his own possibilities? All of us want certain things out of life. When you think about what really matters in your life, what are your wishes and hopes for the future? In other words, if you imagine your future in the best possible light, what would your life look like then, if you are to be happy?
Now, taking the other side of the picture, what are your fears and worries about the future? In other words, if you imagine your future in the worst possible light, what would your life look like then? Again, take your time in answering.
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Here are two contrasting examples about the best life, one from India and the other from the United States:. I want a son and a piece of land since I am not working on land owned by other people. I would like to construct a house of my own and have a cow for milk and p. I would also like to buy some better clothing for my wife. If I could do this then I would be happy. I would like a reasonable income to maintain a house, have a new car, have a boat, and send my four children to private schools.
Cantril, , pp. It is a popular rebuttal of figures describing the Easterlin paradox that GDP is on an open scale whereas satisfaction scores are bounded by construction. But the real difficulty with satisfaction questions is that the true scale of life is more like GDP and is not naturally bounded. Respondents are therefore induced to reason in relative terms when they must describe an open-ended object, their lives, in a closed scale. Sometimes this does not look so artificial. There are dimensions of life that are bounded.
Health is also conceived in comparison to perfect health.
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Obviously, for individuals who care only about their relative position in their community, their task is made easier because they do not have to make a conversion to a relative scale as they already think in these terms. In summary, the fact that life is made of a combination of open-ended and bounded dimensions makes it necessary to answer the satisfaction questionnaires in relative terms.
This does not necessarily mean that a comparison to other members of society has to be made. But a comparison to some benchmark seems unavoidable, and the reference to the best and worst possible lives in the ladder questions makes it explicit. In the literature it is common to introduce relative terms that take the form of a ratio in which the denominator is an average value. This is a special case of what is described here. This creates a secondary calibration problem, but we can assume that a uniform partition is adopted and that the main calibration operation does all the hard work.
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Three natural possibilities arise. A first one is the distribution of possible lives as expected, some time earlier, by the respondent.
The calibration is then driven by expectations or aspirations. The calibration is then driven by comparisons to others. The calibration is then said to rely on the past. Note that for each of these three possibilities, there are many possible choices. Aspirations can be more or less ambitious, comparisons to others may refer to various reference groups, and reference to the past may look at different periods. The consequence for analysts using happiness data is that the calibration problem is a source of heterogeneity across individuals.
Different measure functions can be combined easily to form a new measure function, simply by computing a weighted average. Some individuals may give a greater weight to comparison to others, while other respondents may primarily refer to their own aspirations, but all of them can give some positive weight to these different considerations. First, their study confirms that, even for such a direct question that could be interpreted as referring to affects rather than life evaluation, people do make comparisons to calibrate their answers.
Third, the respondents comparing themselves to others tend to give higher happiness scores than those making intrapersonal comparisons. One of the conclusions of their paper is that the surveys should try to eliminate the heterogeneity of standards that renders the answers hard to compare across respondents.