Findings on happiness in Booth & VanOurs (2009): study AU 2001

Author(s)Booth, A.L.; VanOurs, J.C.
TitleHours of Work and Gender Identity: Does Part-time Work Make the Family Happier?
SourceEconomica, 2009, Vol. 76, 176 - 196
PublicCouples, Australia, followed 4 years 2001-2004
 Only couples where the female partner was aged 25-50 and the male partner not older than 60 in 2001
 T1: 2001, T2: 2002, T3: 2003, T4: 2004
Survey nameNot available
 The first 4 waves of panel data from the new Household, Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia Survey. (HILDA)
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =8170
 2326 couples of which 1601 were observed 4 times, 316 3 times, 409 twice.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life? I want you to pick a number between 0 and 10 that indicates your level of satisfaction. The more satisfied you are, the higher the number you should pick. The less satisfied you are, the lower the number. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 This item is at the end of a list of identical questions about satisfaction in specific domains of life: home, employment opportunities, financial situation, safety, neighborhood, health and free time
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication180
RemarksCalculated from the women and men figures for Life satisfaction in table 1 (booth 2009 grouped data.xls)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.130.13

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in employment: part-time full-timeE02aa02aaChange from/to full-time homemaker
Change in employment: part-time full-timeE02aa02Change in employment, also classified as above ↑
Change to employmentE02aa02aaChange from/to full-time homemaker
Change to employmentE02aa02acGetting (re)employed, also classified as above ↑
Child bornC03aa02bBirth of children
Current employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Current employment statusM04ab03bEmployment of spouse, also classified as above ↑
Current employment statusE02ab01Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Current employment statusE02ad01Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Family incomeI01ab03Household income
HealthM04ab01Health of spouse
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health, also classified as above ↑
Health of partnerM04ab01bPhysical health of spouse
Working hoursE02ad02Hours work
Working hours of partnerE02ad02Hours work
Working hours of partnerM04acWork conditions of spouse, also classified as above ↑