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Correlational findings

Study Hartog & Oosterbeek (1998): study NL 1952

Public
41 aged, Brabant, the Netherlands, followed 1952-1993
Sample
Respondents
N = 1893
Non Response
53,6%
Assessment
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire at T3.

Correlate

Authors's Label
Labour market status
Our Classification
Distribution
Not reported.
Operationalization
a. Employed in private sector    (reference)
b. Public sector
c. Self-employed
d. Unemployed
d. Disability
e. Work in home

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = +.02 ns Public sector C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.09 ns Self-employed C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.63 p < .05 Unemployed C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.43 p < .05 Disability C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a OPRC = -.23 p < .05 Work in home

OPRC's controlled for:
-schooling
-intelligence
-social background
-family status
-self-perceived health
-wealth.

OPRC (Ordered Probit Regression Coefficient) cannot be interpreted as an absolute effect-size. The coefficients only denote whether the correlation is positive or negative and the relative differences in correlation between labour market status and happiness, e.g. unemployed people are unhappier than disabled people and full-time homemakers.