Findings on happiness in Layard et al. (2009): study DE 1984

Publication
Author(s)Layard, R.; Mayraz, G.; Nickell, S.J.
TitleDoes Relative Income Matter? Are the Critics Right?
SourceWorking paper SOEP No. 210, DIW, 2009, Berlin, Germany. (also published in: Diener E.;Helliwell J.E.; Kahneman D.;Eds.: ''International Differences in Well-Being'', Oxford University Press, 2010, 139 - 165)
URLhttp://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/dp0918.pdf
Investigation
Public30-55 aged non-immigrant West-Germans, West-Germany, followed 1984-2006
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =56240
 81000 person/year observations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksLast assessment not reported
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
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d
Page in publication7
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
HappinessE03ab01baTrend happiness in age groups
Real household incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
Real household incomeI01aa01aEarlier level of income, also classified as above ↑
Relative household incomeI01ae04Relative to similar people