Correlational findings

Study Fischer (2009b): study ZZ OECD member states 1997 /1

Adults, general public, 30 OECD Countries, 1997-2001
N = 45000
Non Response
not reported
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Labour market mobility (income mobility)
Our Classification
Error Estimates
Available for 12 OECD countries in the sample.
Intergenerational earnings elasticity is based on the theoretical framework by Becker and Tomes (1979)
Australia: -.162  Canada: -.19 Denmark: -0.15 Finland: -.18 France: -.41 Germany: -.32  Italy: -.48  Norway: -.17 Spain: -.32 Sweden: -.27 United Kingdom: -.50 United States: -.47
Intergerational earnings elasticity: Dependency of one's own life-time income to parental income based on a farther son comparison.

Value 0 denotes no dependency between between parent and child outcomes, value -1 denotes complete dependency between parent and child outcomes.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +1.3 p < .01 All individuals O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +1.8 p < .05 Political conservative individuals O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.91 p < .10 Political leftist individuals

B's are controlled for:
- National net income per capita
- Individual demographic factors
- Individual socio-economics factors
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +1.2 p < .01 Additionally controlled for perceived social mobility, all individuals

B +1.2 means that complete dependency between parent and child outcomes in nation goes with -1.2 points less happiness on the scale 0-10 compared to complete no income mobility
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = -.31 p < .05 Interaction of labour market mobility and market income inequality. Individuals are the most happy in countries:
- with low income mobility and high income inequality
- with high income mobilty and low income inequality
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a b = +.02 ns Interaction term of labour market mobility and final income inequality does not affect happiness