Correlational findings

Study Dorsett & Oswald (2014): study GB 2005

18+ aged unemployed single mothers, UK, followed 5 years. Participants and controls in a program, 2003-2008
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 3320
Non Response
Multiple assesment methods
Telephone (CAT) and face-to-face interviews T1 (2 Years) after the initial policy intervention T2 (5 Years) after the initial policy intervention


Authors's Label
Participation in ERA program
Our Classification
In year 2 the participants were treated In year 5 all treatments had stopped
N = 1: 1723, 0:
Related specification variables
The ERA program aims at bringing unemployed single mothers to full-time employment  and  involved:
a: job-coaching by a specialist
b: strong financial incentives to work
c: training opportunities

Eligible single mothers were randomly assigned to either:
1:  experimentals (participants)
0:  controls (no treatment)

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-g b = +.04 ns Year 2 participants (vs controls) O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-g b = -.08 p < .01 Year 5 participants (vs controls)

b controled for:
- age, age squared
- ethnicity
b unaffected by further control for
- age of youngest child
- education
- work-history
- welfare history
- region in UK
O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-g b = +/- T2-T5 CHANGE happiness among participants
Similar for;
- age, age squared
- education
- minority
- youngest child aged 6-10
- London (vs rest of UK)
More negative for
- youngest child aged 11-18
Positive among
- Part-time work at T1