Correlational finding on Happiness and 'Objective' socio-economic status
Subject code: S09ab01

StudyAllardt (1973): study DK 1972
TitleAbout Dimensions of Welfare: An Explanatory Analysis of a Comperative Scandinavian Survey.
SourceResearch Reports, Nr.1, Research Group for Comparative Sociology, University of Helsinki, 1973, Finland
URLHTTP://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl/hap_bib/freetexts/allardt_e_1973.pdf
Public15-64 aged, general public, Denmark, 1972
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =1000

Correlate
Author's labelSocial status
Our classification'Objective' socio-economic status, code S09ab01
Operationalization
24-point scale ranging from "owner or leader of a large 
enterprise" to "agricultural labor"

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-arpc=+.03
Controlled for:Income, housing density, education, 
chronic illness, anxiety, frequency of meetings 
with relatives, number of friends, opportunities 
to make personal contacts, possibilities to decide 
on matters concerning one's own personal 
life,number of memberships in clubs and 
associations, interesting life, easyness of life, 
loneliness, feelings of being liked, feeling of 
being able to use knowledge and skills, feeling of 
chance to succeed, gets sufficient attention, 
satisfaction with income, age, gender, no. of 
communities in which lived.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-4-aSelfreport on single question:

Do you feel your life at present is.....?
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 quite unhappy
1 very unhappy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rpcPARTIAL CORRELATION COEFFICIENT
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning: a partial correlation between happiness and one of the correlates is that correlation, which remains after accounting for the contribution of the other influences, or some of them, to the total variability in the happiness scores.
Under that conditions
rpc > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds with a higher happiness rating,
rpc < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds with a lower happiness rating,
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl