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Correlational findings

Study Akay & Martinsson (2012): study DE 1984

Public:
20-79 aged general public, Germany, 1984-2009
Survey name:
DE-SOEP 1984-2009
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 150000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Relative income effects by age and reference groups
Our Classification
Operationalization
Difference of own income with the income of compatriots similar in
- age
- education
- gender
- region

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.19 p < .01 ALL O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = +.08 ns Age 20-30 only O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.10 ns Age 31-40 only O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.16 p < .01 Age 41-50 only O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.17 p < .01 Age 51-60 only O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.28 p < .01 Age 61-70 only O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b = -.27 p < .01 Age 71-80 only

All b's controlled for:
- marital status
- health status
- year dummies

Several robustness checks performed for other specifications of the reference groups. Results are similar.

The rise of b across age is significant