Findings on happiness in Frijters et al. (2004): study DE 1985

Publication
Author(s)Frijters, P.; Haisken-DeNew, J.P.; Shields, M.
TitleInvestigating Patterns and Determinants of Life Satisfaction in Germany following Reunifacation.
SourceThe Journal of Human Resources, 2004, Vol. 39, 649 - 674
Investigation
Public21-64 aged, general public, Germany, followed 14 years, 1985-1999
Collect period1985-1999
Last assesment1999
 East Germans followed from 1991-99, T1:1991 T2:1999 West Germans followed from 1985-99, T1:1985 T2:1999
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 German Socio-Economic Panel
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =18350
 East Germany: 25903 person-year observations (12592 males, 13311 females) West Germany: 108738 person-year observations (54603 males, 54135 females)
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 0 dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a
Page in publication654
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Death of other family member than spouse in last yearL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
DisabledH14ad21bDisability
Divorced in last yearM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusE02aa02abFalling unemployed, also classified as above ↑
Foreigner-bornN10aa01Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Had a baby in last yearC03aa02bBirth of children
Had a baby in last yearC03abCurrent parental status, also classified as above ↑
Happiness for East and West GermansE03ab01aTrend in general public
Invalid in householdH20ac01aDependent persons in household
Live on the border of East and West GermanyR01ab10Region in Germany
Log household income (post tax)I01aa02aChange in income level
MarriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Member of the Communist Party before reunificationP09aa01Earlier political behavior
Member of the Communist Party before reunificationN12ab05Political participation in nation, also classified as above ↑
Moved home within East/West Germany in last yearM09aa01dRecently moved
Moved home within East/West Germany in last yearR01ab10Region in Germany, also classified as above ↑
Moved to West/East Germany following reunificationM09aa01dRecently moved
Moved to West/East Germany following reunificationR01ab10Region in Germany, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
Number of days in hospital last yearH14ab05Hospitalization
Number of days in hospital last yearH17ab02In hospital, also classified as above ↑
Number of days in hospital last yearH17aeSetting of medical treatment, also classified as above ↑
Separated in last yearM01ab02aRecent divorce/separation
Spouse died in last yearM01ab02bRecent widowhood
Years of schoolingE01ab01Years schooling