Findings on happiness in Kopmann & Rehdanz (2014): study DE 2004

Author(s)Kopmann, A.; Rehdanz, K.
TitleUnderestimated Benefits from Periphery: Internal Migration and Subjective Well-being.
SourceEconstor Working Paper, 2014, No. B14-V1, Kiel, Germany
PublicWorking age people, Germany, followed 5 years 2004-2009
 The non-working population 1 year before the age of retirement was excluded from the sample, i.e. above the age of 63.
Collect period2006
Last assesment2009
 Followed 5 years 2004-2009
Survey nameDE-SOEP 2006
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 63+ aged were excluded.
Respondents N =10123
 46435 person/year observations
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
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication11,29
Error estimatesS.e.= 0,008
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Distance of migration: move from urban to rural areaM08ab04Distance of move
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
HealthH14abCurrent general health status
Income (log equivalent)I01ab01Personal income
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
MovedM08adPre-move happiness
MovedM08aa01dRecently moved, also classified as above ↑
Moving within/across municipalitiesL16aa02bChange of residence (moving)
Moving within/across municipalitiesM08aa01dRecently moved, also classified as above ↑
Non-German citizenE04ab03fEthnic status in Germany
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
PeopleH20abCurrent household-composition
Spouse in foreignM03ab09Living with spouse
Years of educationE01ab01Years schooling