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Correlational findings

Study Davis (1984): study US 1972

Public:
18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-1982
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 13581
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's label
Parental family's comparative income at age 16
Our Classification
Operationalization
Single direct question: Thinking about the time you were 16 years old.
Compared with American families in general than would you say your family income was
0 below average
1 average
2 above average

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-g-sq-v-3-d G = +.36 p < .05 O-HL-g-sq-v-3-d tau = +.12 p < .05 % very happy
0      31
1      36
2      38
The relationship disappears largely when controled for perceived income compared to compatriots, occupational status and perceived increase/decrease in income during the last years.