Correlational findings

Study DiTella & MacCulloch (2008): study ZZ Western nations 1975

15+ aged, general public, OECD Nations, 1975-1997
Survey name
EU-Eurobarometer combined waves
N = 371149
Non Response
Interview: face-to-face


Authors's Label
Unemployment benefits
Our Classification
See OECD Jobs Study [1994].
The average level of benefit generosity, measured by the replacement rate, from the OECD. This index of (pre-tax) unemployment insurance benefit entitlements divided by the wage, is calculated as the unweighted mean of 18 parameters based on all combinations of the following scenarios:
a) three unemployment durations: the first year, the second and third years, and the fourth and fifth years of unemployment
b) three family and income situations: a single person, a married person with a dependent spouse, and a married person with a spouse in work
c) two different levels of previous earnings: average earnings and two-thirds of average earnings
Parameters  all measured for persons with a long record of previous employment.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLu-g-sq-v-4-c OPRC = +.72 p < .05 INDIVIDUAL happiness by unemployment benefits in the nation
OPRC (+0.723) controlled for:
-National characteristics:
  -GDP per capita
  -GDP growth
  -life expectancy
  -Sox emissions
  -hours worked
  -crime rate
  -divorce rate
  -inflation rate
  -unemployment rate
-Personal characteristics:
  -personal income position
  -employment state
  -age squared
  -marital status
  -size of community