Findings on happiness in Angeles (2008): study GB 1991

Author(s)Angeles, L.
TitleAdaptation or Social Comparison? The Effects of Income and Happiness.
SourcePaper University of Glasgow, Department of Economics, 2008, UK
Public18+ aged general public, UK, 1991-2005
Last assesment2005
Survey nameUK-BHPS 1996-2008
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =15000
 Total number of observations around 89000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarks15 yearly waves
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport onsingle question: How dissatisfied or satisfied are you with.. Your life overall? 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 completely satisfied
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication7
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Absolute income (in logs)I01ab03Household income
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
HealthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Income relative to predicted incomeI01aeRelative income
Income relative to regional incomeI01ae02Relative to neighborhood
Income relative to the past income (in logs)I01aa02aChange in income level
Marital statusM02ac02Living-as-married vs never married
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01bVs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
RegionsR01ab25Region in UK
Religiouness activityR10ad02Participation in church
UnemploymentE02abCurrent employment status