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Correlational findings

Study Stutzer & Frey (2006): study XZ Germany West 1984

Public:
15+ aged, general public, West Germany, 1984-2000
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 15268
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Yearly

Correlate

Authors's label
Age
Our Classification
Operationalization
Age in years

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DMa = Happiness follows a U-shaped pattern over the life time, declining from young young adulthood and rising after middle age.

This pattern is similar for steadily married and never married Ss

Steady singles are about one point less happy over the ages 20 to 50 but around age 60 they get equally happy as steadily marrieds.

Ma controled for:
- education
- parenthood
- household income
- household size
- position in household
- employment
- place of residence
- citizenship status (migrant or not)

Mean happiness reflects both change over time (of the same subjects) and differences in age at the start of this panel.