Findings on happiness in Slag (2017): study KR 2009

Author(s)Slag, M.R.A
TitleThe Easterlin Paradox or Easterlin Illusion: Some Empirical Tests.
SourceMSc Thesis, 2017, School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Public18+ aged general public, South Korea, followed 5 years 2009-2014
Last assesment2014
Survey nameKR-KLIPS combined waves
 KLIPS waves 12-17
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =79474
 About 13000 respondents per wave
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied would you say you are with your life as a whole .....?" 5 completely satisfied 4 very satisfied 3 moderately satisfied 2 slightly satisfied 1 not satisfied at all
Page in publication27
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.60

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Earlier household incomeI01aa01aEarlier level of income
Education levelE01ab02Level of school-education
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusE02ab04Not in labour force, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Household incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
Marital statusM02aa02Married vs widowed
Marital statusM02ab02aVs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab02cVs divorced, separated or never (willful unmarried), also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab02bVs separated, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Reference group incomeI01ae04Relative to similar people
Self-reported health statusH14ab02Self-perceived health