Findings on happiness in Luttmer (2005): study US 1987

Publication
Author(s)Luttmer, E.F.
TitleNeighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being.
SourceQuarterly Journal of Economics, 2005, 963-1002
URLhttp://www.nber.org/~luttmer/relative.pdf
Investigation
Public19+ aged couples, United States, followed 6 years, 1987-1994
Last assesment1994
 First wave: 1987-1988 Second wave: 1992-1994
Survey nameNSFH combined waves
 NSFH I and NSFH II
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =8944
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Next are some questions about how you see yourself and your life. Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? 1 very unhappy 2 3 4 5 6 7 very happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-n-7-b
Page in publication973
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.34
Standard deviation1.38


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
ageA04abCurrent age (in years)
employmentE02abCurrent employment status
fraction 'black' in neighbourhoodL11ab02Local ethnic diversity
fraction 'black' in neighbourhoodL17ab01aLocal social homogeneity, also classified as above ↑
household sizeH20ab03Number of persons in household
ln household incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
Ln puma earningsL12ab03cLocal income level
ln usual working hoursE02ad02Hours work
ln value of homeH22acCost of housing
ln value of homeP12ab02Specific possessions, also classified as above ↑
metropolian area populationL14ab02dSize of urban setting
nonmetropolian areaL14ab02dSize of urban setting
R-squaredS15ab02Socio-demographic + environmental factors
raceE04ab03tEthnic status in the USA
religionR10acCurrent religious denomination
renterH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
years of educationE01ab01Years schooling