Findings on happiness in Koczan (2013a): study DE 1984

Author(s)Koczan, Z.
TitleDoes integration increase life satisfaction?
SourceCWPE 1314 Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, 2013, Cambridge, UK
Public16+ aged general public, Germany, followed 1-26 years, 1984-2010
Last assesment2010
Survey nameDE-SOEP
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Immigrants were oversampled.
Respondents N =71779
 including 2873 immigrants born in Turkey, Italia, Spain, Greece, or the former Yugoslavia.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied." 10 totally satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 totally unsatisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication8, 11
RemarksOwn calculation.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Children in householdH20ab02Living with children
Employed (lagged)E02aa02Change in employment
Employed (lagged)E02abCurrent employment status, also classified as above ↑
Employed (lagged)E02aa01Earlier (un)employment, also classified as above ↑
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Job insecurityE02ag02Concern about (un)employment
MarriedM02aa01Married vs never married
MigrationM07aa01Ever migrated or not
NeighbourhoodL11ab02Ethnic diversity in vinicity
Owner house/apartmentH22aa02aChange from rent to owner
Owner house/apartmentH22ab01aHouse owned or rented, also classified as above ↑
Past happinessH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Seperated/divorcedM01aa02Earlier marital transitions
Seperated/divorcedM02ab01bVs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Seperated/divorcedM02ab01dVs formerly married (divorced+seperated), also classified as above ↑
Seperated/divorcedM02ab01cVs separated, also classified as above ↑
WidowedM01ab02bRecent widowhood
WidowedM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Works in occupation trained forO01ac01dOccupation of training/education
Years of educationE01aa02Change in education
Years of educationE01ab01Years schooling, also classified as above ↑