Correlational findings

Study Knabe et al. (2009): study DE 2008

Fulltime employed and long-term unemployed, Germany, 2008
N = 737
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Goodness of work activity yesterday compared to an average day
Our Classification
Answer on the question "If you went to work yesterday: How was your working day yesterday compared to how your working day usually is?":
1 Much worse and worse
2 Pretty typical (reference group)
3 Better and much better

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cb b = -.02 ns Worse (vs. Pretty typical) O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cb b = +.08 ns Better (vs. Pretty typical) A-AB-yd-mqr-n-11-a b = -35 ns Worse (vs. Pretty typical) A-AB-yd-mqr-n-11-a b = +.86 p < .01 Better (vs. Pretty typical)

B's are controlled for:
- employment status in week and weekend
- income
- cohabiting
- education
- health satisfaction
- children
- age
- general goodness of previous day
- goodness of health on previous day

B +.86 means that if the work activity was better yesterday than it usually is, the current day goes with +.86 points more  happiness on the happiness scale -10-10.