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Studies

Abolhassani & Alessie (2013): study DE 1994

Publication

Author(s):
Abolhassani, M.; Alessie, R.
Title:
Subjective Well-Being Around Retirement
Source:
De Economist, 2013, Vol. 161, 349-366

Investigation

Public:
50-70 aged, followed 15 years, Germany, 1994-2009
Survey name:
DE-SOEP combined waves
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 10275
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
T1:1994 T2:1999 T3:2004 T4:2009

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life these days? Please answer with the help of this scale. For instance, when you are totally satisfied with your life, please tick '10'. When you are totally unsatisfied with your life, please tick '0'. You may use all values in between to indicate that you are neither totally satisfied nor totally unsatisfied."
10 totally satisfied
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0  totally unsatisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d
Author's label:
life satisfaction
Remarks:
M=6.9; SD=1.77
Page in publication:
352

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding employment status Unemployed involuntary
Current status: retired or not
Compulsory retirement (vs free choice)
Earlier employment
Employed
age Current age (in years)
Ageing
household income Earlier level of income
Net household income
marital status Earlier marital states
Married state (compared to non-married states)
Widowed
Divorced or separated
number of children Number of children in the household
Earlier number of children in household
number of adult Number of adults in household
Earlier number of adults in household
doctor visits Visits to doctor
Earlier medical consumption
hospital stays Hospitalization
Earlier hospitalization
region Region in Germany
Earlier region of residence
gender Sexe: male (vs female) education Earlier educational level
Level of school-education
R square Summed effect of change in personal conditions degree disability Degree of restriction
Disability
Earlier disability
Forecast error Congruence of expected and actual change in happiness after retirement