Correlational findings

Study Bradburn (1969): study US 1963

21-60 aged, urban areas, USA, 1963 - 64
N = 2787
Non Response
± 20%, Attrition ± 30%
Interview: face-to-face
Repeated interviews at home using highly structured questionnaires


Authors's Label
Change in employment
Our Classification
Computed for chief wage owners only.
Change in employment over 10 months period.
Employment status assessed at:
T1: January 1963
T3: Oktober 1963

- Falling unemployed
  0 stayed employed
  1 fell unemployed

- Getting employed
  0 stayed unemployed
  1 got employed

- Staying unemployed
  0 stayed employed
  1 stayed unemployed

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = -.13 CHANGE in employment by CHANGE in happiness.
Happiness (Affect Balance) assessed at T1 and T3.

Change in happiness expressed in change in average ridits (RT).
- T1 employed, T3 employed       RT=.49
- T1 employed, T3 unemployed     RT=.36
- T1 unemployed, T3 employed     RT=.53
- T1 unemployed, T3 unemployed   RT=.48

Ridit analysis compares distribution in category with distribution in total sample. RT above .50 means relative increase, RT below .50 relative decrease.
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = +.05                  
A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a DMr = +.01