Correlational findings

Study Eriksson et al. (2007): study DE 1995

16+ aged, general public, Germany, 1995
N = 13919
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's label
Discretionary time
Our Classification
Logarithm of discretionary time

Discretionairy time is hours in a week (168) left after subtracting hours people strictly NEED to devote to: a) paid labour, b) unpaid household labour and c) personal care.

Hours SPENT assessed using whole-day recall of time spent on pre-coded activities

Hours strictkly NEEDED estimated from general population
- Work hours required for earning poverty level income
- Half median hours spend on household work
- Mean hours spent on personal care minus ine standard deviation

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-n-11-a b = +.29 p < .05 B (+.288) controlled for:
- log household income
- log wage rate
- socio-demographic characteristics
O-HL-c-sq-n-11-a b = +.29 p < .05 B (+.288) additionally controlled for
- log spare time