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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
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