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Correlational findings

Study Shields et al. (2009): study AU 2001

Public:
15+ aged general public, Australia, 2001
Survey name:
AU-HILDA 2001
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 13903
Non Response:
34%
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Additionally self-completion questionnaires were used.

Correlate

Authors's label
Unemployed
Our Classification
Operationalization
Self-report on two questions:
At any time at all during the last 7 days, did you do any work in a job, business or farm?
A)Yes
b) No
c) Permanently unable to work

If answering b)
At any time during the last 4 weeks have you
looked for work?
1: yes
0: no

Classification:
1: Unemployed (when answering b) and 'yes'
0: Full-time employee (classified on basis of multiple questions)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = -.43 p < .01 MALES O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d OPRC = -.23 ns FEMALES

OPRC's controlled for:
- neighbourhood fixed effects (unobserved characteristics of the neighbourhood)
- age and age squared
- number of children
- marital status
- number of parents
- being an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
- immigrant status
- English speaking ability
- health
- level of education
- household income
- house ownership
- religion
- frequency-preference of paying bills
- suspicious of interview questions
- others present during interview
- respondent was living with both parents  
  at age 14

Males:
Interaction unemployment*local unemployment rate:
Males:   OPRC= +.02(p<.05)
Females: OPRC= -.00(ns)