Findings on happiness in VanderMeer & Wielers (2013): study ZZ Europe 2004

Publication
Author(s)VanderMeer, P.H.; Wielers, R.
TitleWhat Makes Workers Happy?
SourceApplied Economics, 2013, Vol. 45, 357 - 368
URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00036846.2011.602011
DOIDOI:10.1080/00036846.2011.602011
Investigation
PublicWorking people, 20 European countries, 2004.
 The sample is restricted to persons being in paid work, working at least 10 hours per week, aged between 25 and 60, and had no missings on the most relevant variables, i.e. life satisfaction, happiness, hours of work and education.
Survey nameEU-ESS 2: 2004-05
 European social survey round two dataset, 2014.
SampleProbability simple random sample
 Sample is respresentative of all persons aged 15 and over resident within private households in each country, regardless of their nationality, citizenship or language.
Respondents N =11986
Non ResponseNot reported
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 nowadays? 0 extremely dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 extremely satisfied - don't know - no answer
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd
Author's labelsatisfaction
Page in publication361
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean5.51
Standard deviation1.70


Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: A. Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? 10 extermely happy 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 extremely unhappy B. All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays.? 10 extremely satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 extermely dissatisfied Summation: (A+B)/2
ClassificationO-Sum---mq-n-11-b
Author's labelHappyfaction
Page in publication361
RemarksThis measure is called happyfaction, is the average of satisfaction and happiness.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean5.36
Standard deviation1.69


Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? 0 extremely unhappy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 extremely happy - don't know - no answer
ClassificationO-HL-u-sq-n-11-a
Author's labelhappiness
Page in publication363
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean5.21
Standard deviation1.95


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
AutonomyW04ab12Self-direction at work
Child presentC03ab02Children in the household
DevelopmentW04ab21Opportunity for personal development
Easily replaced in jobE02ag03Perceived chances for employment
EducationE01abCurrent education
EqualityV02aa01fEgalitarianism
FirmsizeW04ab01Size of work organization
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
Irregular hoursW04ab17aIrregular work hours
ln(income)I01abCurrent income level (unspecified)
ln(workhours)E02ad02Hours work
Marital situationM02aa01Married vs never married
Missing incomeI06ac01Non response, refusal
Number of colleaguesX01UNCLASSIFIED
Similar job elsewhereW04ab11Security of job
Subjective incomeI01afAttitudes to own income
SupervisorO01ac01eSupervisory tasks
Temporary jobE02ae04Tenure (vs flex contracts)
Time to workW04ab17Work hours
TrustT04ab02Trust in people
turn down jobW05adCurrent satisfaction with work
Work pressureW04ab16Time-pressure at work