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Correlational findings

Study Dehejia et al. (2007): study US 1987

Public:
19-60 aged general public USA, followed 5 years 1987-88 to1992-94
Survey name:
US-NFSH waves 1+2
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 5716
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Change in household income
Our Classification
Remarks
Question and measure not reported
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Change in household income

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-n-7-b b = +.27 p < .05        b     SE    p<
White +.18   +.10  ns
Black +.78   +.32 .05

b controlled for:
- religious attendance (percentile)
- interaction religious attendance and income shock
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-b b = +.28 p < .05        b     SE    p<
White +.22   +.12 .10
Black +.72   +.40 .10

b controlled for:
- actual religious attendance
- predicted religious attendance (based on demographic controls)
- interaction religious attendance(actual and predicted) and income shock

Effects of income change on happiness are higher for respondents with
- lower education
- less possessions
- lower income
- less religiosity
- Black race

Religious attendence absorbes 65% of the negative effect of income decline on happiness