Correlational finding on Happiness and Current occupation
Subject code: O01ab

StudyDeVoe & Pfeffer (2009): study US 1987
TitleWhen Is Happiness About How Much You Earn? The Effect of Hourly Payment on the Money-Happiness Connection.
SourcePersonality and Social Psychology Bulliten, 2009, Vol. 12, 1602 - 1618
DOIDOI:10.1177/0146167209346304
PublicWorking people, USA, 1987 - 1988
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =13007

Correlate
Author's labelOccupation
Page in Source 1609
Our classificationCurrent occupation, code O01ab
Operationalization
Self report on job, coded by interviewer
a: manegerial, professional (reference)
b: technical, sales, administrative support
c: service
d: farming, forrestery, fishing
e: precision production, crafsts, repair
f: operators, fabricators, laborers
g: other occupation
Observed distributionM = a: 0.30, b: 0.28, c: 0.14, d: 0.01, e: 0.11, f: 0.14, g: 0.01 SD = a: 0.46, b: 0.45, c: 0.34, d: 0.12, e: 0.32, f: 0.35, g: 0.08

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=+.03 p < .10
a: manegerial, professional         (vs not)
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=-.01 ns
b: technical, sales, administrative  
(vs manegerial)
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=-.02 ns
c: service                           
(vs manegerial)
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=.00 ns
d: farming, forrestery, fishing      
(vs manegerial)
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=-.03 p < .05
f: operators, fabricators, laborers 
(vs manegerial)
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=+.03 p < .05
e: precision production, crafsts, repair 
(vs manegerial)
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-br=+.02 ns
g: other occupation
(vs manegerial)


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-bSelfreport on single question:

Next are some questions about how you see yourself and your life. Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days?
1 very unhappy
2
3
4
5
6
7 very happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rPRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (Also "Pearson's correlation coefficient' or simply 'correlation coefficient')
Type: test statistic.
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
r = 0 no correlation ,
r = 1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with high happiness values, and
r = -1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness values.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl