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Studies

Delken (2008): study DE 2004

Publication

Author(s):
Delken, E.
Title:
Happiness in Shrinking Cities in Germany.
Source:
Journal of Happiness Studies, 2008, Vol. 9, 213 - 218

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Germany, 2004
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 22000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Face-to-face individual Interviews with all householdmembers aged 16 and over. Additional information gathered using paper-and-pencil questionnaires - Household interviews with head of household. - An increasing number of individuals completes the questionnaire without the presence of the interviewer. In case of major inconsistencies or missing information the field work agency they werel given a phone call to resolve the issue. - So half CAPI in 2002

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport 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

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding City size, size of the region ("Kreis") Size of urban setting city growth (vs decline) Change of city size parts of Germany Region in Germany