Findings on happiness in Dittmann & Goebel (2010): study DE 2000

Author(s)Dittmann, J.; Goebel, J.
TitleYour House, Your Car, Your Education: The Socioeconomic Situation of the Neighborhood and its Impact on Life Satisfaction in Germany.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 96, 497 - 513
Public17+ aged general public, Germany, followed 7 years, 2000-2006
Last assesment2006
Survey nameDE-SOEP
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =27249
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Face-to-face interviews and statistical data on neighbourhoods
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 publication503
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age and age squaredA04abCurrent age (in years)
City sizeL14ab02dSize of urban setting
Divorced (vs married)M02aa03Married vs divorced
Having childrenC03ab02Children in the household
Income (equivalent household income)I01ab03Household income
Moves out of neighbourhoodL11aa01Local inflow/outflow of residents
Moves out of neighbourhoodL17ab01Local social cohesion, also classified as above ↑
Nationality: not GermanN10acForeign nationality
Neighbourhood statusL12ab03cLocal income level
Seperated (vs married)M02aa04Married vs separated
Single (vs married)M02aa01Married vs never married
Status differenceI01ae02Relative to neighborhood
Subjective health stateH14ab02Self-perceived health
Widowed (vs married)M02aa02Married vs widowed