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Correlational findings

Study Easterlin (2002a): study US 1972

Public:
50+ aged, USA, followed 26 years 1972-1998
Survey name:
US-GSS
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 9432
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Self-reported health
Our Classification
Related specification variables
Operationalization
Self-reported health: moving averages during 1972-1998
3 excellent
2 good (reference)
1 fair
0 poor

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa DMa = +                    Female         Male
excellent          Ma = 2.77      2.71
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa DMa = + good               Ma = 2.56      2.53 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa DMa = - fair               Ma = 2.40      2.40 O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa DMa = - poor               Ma = 2.22      2.14

Ma estimated by ordered logit regression for
- full time worker
- married
- good health
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa Beta = + p < .001                       Female       Male
excellent (vs good)   +.24(001)    +.20(001)
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa Beta = - p < .001 fair (vs good)        -.15(001)    -.13(001) O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa Beta = - p < .001 poor (vs good)        -.30(001)    -.33(001)

Betas controlled for:
- work status
- self rated health
- income

Ordered probit analysis yields similar results