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Correlational findings

Study Hetschko (2014): study DE 1991

Public:
18-65 aged, general public, Germany, followed yearly, 1991-2012
Survey name:
DE-SOEP combined waves
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 19436
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Perceived chance of losing work
Our Classification
Operationalization
Self report on single question: How likely is it that you will lose your job in the next two years? Please estimate the probability of such as change according to a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 means that such a change will definitively not take place and 100 means that such a change will take place.
1:  low: up to 30%
2:  high: more than 30%

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = -1,0 SELF-EMPLOYED
low chance of losing      M = 7,3
high chance of losing job M = 6,3
- difference                 -1,0
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = -.88 p < .01 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = -0,7 WAGE-EMPLOYED: STANDARD
low chance of losing      M = 7,4
high chance of losing job M = 6,7
- difference                 -0,7
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = -.53 p < .01 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = -0,5 WAGE-EMPLOYED: NON-STANDARD
low chance of losing      M = 7,3
high chance of losing job M = 6,8
- difference                 -0,5
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = -.28 p < .05 b-fix controled for time-effects

Similar results when additionally controled for
- personal characteristics
  - age
  - marital status
  - health, disability
  - children in household
  - financial situation
    - income
    - house owned
- work characteristics
  - years unemployment experience
  - new job
  - tenure
  - working hours
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = -.35 Happiness loss among self-employed (compared to standard wage employed)
- greater among
  - males
  - business owners
  - no employees
- smaller among
  - females
- unaffected by personality