Findings on happiness in Knabe & Rätzel (2007): study DE 1992

Publication
Author(s)Knabe, A.; Rätzel, S.
TitleQuantifying the Psychological Costs of Unemployment: The Role of Permanent Income.
SourceWorking Paper No. 32, DIW, 2007, Berlin, Germany
URLhttp://www.diw.de/documents/publikationen/73/61949/diw_sp0032.pdf
Investigation
Public21-64 aged, Germany, followed 13 years ,1992-2005
Last assesment2005
 T1: 1992, T13: 2005
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), waves 1992-2005
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =152411
Non Responsenot reported
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
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication8
Remarks8.9 % reports life satisfaction lower than 5, 78.3 % reports 6 and higher
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean6.886.88
Standard deviation


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Long-term unemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Permanent incomeI01aa01aEarlier level of income
Transitory incomeI01ab03Household income
UnemployedE03ab01bdTrend happiness in employment categories
UnemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Unemployment rateE03ab01aTrend in general public
Unemployment rateN04ab05Unemployment in nation, also classified as above ↑