Findings on happiness in Pfeifer (2013): study DE 2003

Author(s)Pfeifer, C.
TitleLife Satisfaction and the Consumption Values of Partners and Friends: Empirical Evidence from German Panel Survey Data.
SourceEconomics Bulletin, 2013, Vol. 33, 3131 - 3142
Public16+ aged general public, Germany, followed 5 years, 2003-2008
Last assesment2008
 Only in 2003 and 2008, not in intermediate years
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
 SOEP 2003, 2008
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =9972
 person/year observations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
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
Page in publication3134
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.71

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
EducationE01aa01Earlier educational level
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
German citizenN10abCurrent nation of residence
Montly net household incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
Number of close friendsF06ab01Number of close friends
Number of persons in householdH20ab03Number of persons in household
Serious/permanent partnershipM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Subjective health statusH14ab02aGlobal health rating