Correlational finding on Happiness and Household income
Subject code: I01ab03

StudyHoogendoorn (2017): study NL 2013
TitleSomewhat happily unemployed? A Comparison of the Feelings and Time-Use Reported by the Employed and Unemployed Respondents Participating in a Dutch DRM Survey
SourceMSc thesis, 2017, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Public15-64 aged, users selfhelp website, Netherlands, 2013
SampleNon-probability self-selected
Non-Response
Respondents N =1869

Correlate
Author's labelFamily income
Page in Source 10,11,18
Our classificationHousehold income , code I01ab03
Operationalization
0 below average
1 average
Remarks
Dummy variable

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aBeta=+.39 p < .05
Beta controlled for:
- gender
- age + age squared
- unemployment
- gender
- education
- living situation


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-APA-yd-mqr-fn-11-aSelfreport on a) activities of the previous day and b) how one had felt during these activities (DRM)

How did you feel during that activity?
10 happy
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 unhappy
All numbers presented with faces

Computation: Average happiness over all activitie/time


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
Beta STANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl