Findings on happiness in Vendrik & Woltjer (2007): study DE 1984

Author(s)Vendrik, M.; Woltjer, G.
TitleHappiness and Loss Aversion: Is utility concave or convex in relative income?
SourceJournal of Public Economics, 2007, Vol. 91, 1423 - 1448
Public18+ aged general public, Germany, followed 17 years, 1984-2001
Last assesment2001
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
 SOEP 1984-2001
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =102068
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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 publication1428+1440
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Age children in householdC03ab02Children in the household
Couple/single parentH20ab01Living alone or not
Family incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
Number of adults in householdH20ab03Number of persons in household
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
R-squaredS15ab01Socio-demographic factors only
Reference incomeI01ae04Relative to similar people
UnemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Weekly hours workedE02ad02Hours work
Years of educationE01ab01Years schooling