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Correlational findings

Study Easterlin & Plagnol (2008): study DE 1984

Public:
16-65 aged general public, Germany, followed 1-21 years, 1984-2004
Survey name:
DE-SOEP
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 294528
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Foreigners
Our Classification
Operationalization
a) Turkish immigrants        (N=15.520)
b) Other European immigrants (N=24.930)
c) East-German natives       (N=48.668)
d) West-German natives       (N=205.410)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d AoV = + p < .01 Turkish immigrants: M=6.70 SD=2.04 CI:6.67-6.73
East-German natives:M=6.32 SD=1.84 CI:6.30-6.34
- difference:         0.38
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d AoV = - p < .01 Turkish immigrants: M=6.70 SD=2.04 CI:6.67-6.73
West-German natives:M=7.08 SD=1.89 CI:7.07-7.09
- difference:         0.38
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d AoV = - p < .01 Turkish immigrants: M=6.70 SD=2.04 CI:6.67-6.73
European immigrants:M=7.03 SD=1.93 CI:7.01-7.05
- difference:         0.33
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d AoV = + p < .01 European immigrants:M=7.03 SD=1.93 CI:7.01-7.05
East-German natives:M=6.32 SD=1.84 CI:6.30-6.34
- difference:         0.71
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d AoV = - p < .05 European immigrants:M=7.03 SD=1.93 CI:7.01-7.05
West-German natives:M=7.08 SD=1.89 CI:7.07-7.09
- difference:         0.05

Note: The small negative difference is likely to be driven by the fact that a small portion (about 1/40) of the European immigrants lived in the 'unhappier' East-Germany. Therefore, it would be better to conclude that there is no convincing difference.