Findings on happiness in Stutzer (2004): study CH 1992

Publication
Author(s)Stutzer, A.
TitleThe Role of Income Aspirations in Individual Happiness.
SourceJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2004, Vol. 54, 89 - 109
DOIdoi:10.1016/j.jebo.2003.04.003
Investigation
Public18+ aged, general public, Switzerland, 1992-94
 Respondents were interviewed once between 1992-1994.
Survey nameNot available
 Leu, R.E., Burri, S., Priester, T. (1997). Lebenqualität in der Schweiz. Haupt, Bern.
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =4462
 Original dataset consisted of more than 6000 interviews
Non Responsen.a.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 1 completely dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 completely satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Page in publication27
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean8.248.04
Standard deviation1.691.88


Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
Aspiration level (self reported)I01af02Income aspirations
Discrepancy between aspirations (self reported) and incomeI01af02Income aspirations
Discrepancy between aspirations (self reported) and incomeL07ac03eRealization of income goals, also classified as above ↑
Discrepancy between relative income and current incomeL12ab03cLocal income level
Discrepancy between relative income and current incomeI01aeRelative income, also classified as above ↑
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Minimum required incomeI01af02Income aspirations
Relative incomeL12ab03cLocal income level
Relative incomeI01aeRelative income, also classified as above ↑