Correlational findings

Study Stutzer (2004): study CH 1992

18+ aged, general public, Switzerland, 1992-94
N = 4462
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's label
Discrepancy between relative income and current income
Our Classification
Difference in:
- Relative income level
- Household income

Relative income level is measured by:
- average income in region
- proportion of rich people in region
- average income and proportion of rich people interacted with contact with neighbours

Household income is measured by self report on a question about household income in SFr. per month on a scale of 13 categories

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I b = -.46 p < .00 Relative income measured by
- average income
- proportion of rich people
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I b = -.46 p < .00 Relative income additonaly measured by 'contact with neighbours'

B's controled for:
- household size
- household composition
- socio-demographic characteristics
- language differences

B means less happiness the higher is the difference between current income and:
- the average income
- proportion of rich people
- social contacts with rich people