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Studies

DiTella & MacCulloch (2006): study DE West Germany 1985

Publication

Author(s):
DiTella, R.; MacCulloch, R.J.
Title:
Some Uses of Happiness Data in Economics.
Source:
Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2006, Vol. 20, 25 - 46

Investigation

Public:
Adults, general public, West Germany 1985-2000
Sample:
Probability simple random sample
Respondents:
N = 8649
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

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 national income Purchasing power (`real' gnp pc)
Trend in general public