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
Different from 'spare time', which is the time left after subtracting hours actually SPENT on these activities
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