Findings on happiness in D'Ambrosio & Frick (2012): study DE 1992

Author(s)D'Ambrosio, C.; Frick, J.R.
TitleIndividual Wellbeing in a Dynamic Perspective.
SourceEconomica, 2012, Vol. 79, 284 - 302
Public18+ aged general public, followed 15 years, 1992-2007, Germany
Last assesment2007
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =184000
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 publication291+298
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.76

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04ab02Age difference among young people
Community sizeL13ab02dSize of urban setting
Earlier level of household incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
East germanyR01ab10Region in Germany
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusE02aa02agReasons for change in employment, also classified as above ↑
HomeownerH22ab01Ownership of current dwelling
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Household member in need of careH18ab01Care giving
Household unemployment indexE02abCurrent employment status
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Marital statusM02aa03Married vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aa01Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aa04Married vs separated , also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aa02Married vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Number of children in householdC03ab01Number of children
Relative incomeI01aa01aEarlier level of income
Relative incomeI01ae03Relative to nation, also classified as above ↑
Years of educationE01ab01Years schooling