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Correlational findings

Study Luttmer (2005): study US 1987

Public:
19+ aged couples, United States, followed 6 years, 1987-1994
Survey name:
US-NSFH combined waves
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 8944
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
employment
Our Classification
Distribution
a: 63%; b: 3%, c: 34%
Operationalization
a) employed (reference group)
b) unemployed
c) not in labor force

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-n-7-b Beta = -.43 p < .05 Unemployed (vs  employed) O-HL-c-sq-n-7-b Beta = +.14 p < .05 Not in labor force (vs employed)

Beta controlled for:
- Income relative to neighborhood
- Household income
- Value of home
- Renter
- Usual working hours
- Gender
- Age
- Race
- Years of education
- Household size
- Religion