print

Studies

Easterlin (2002a): study US 1972

Publication

Author(s):
Easterlin, R.A.
Title:
Happiness of Women and Men in Later Life: Nature, Determinants and Prospects.
Source:
Paper, 2002, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Investigation

Public:
50+ aged, USA, followed 26 years 1972-1998
Survey name:
US-GSS
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 9432
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
Table A-1, A-2
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 3 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.23 -
SD:
0.66 -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Work status Full-time home maker
Unemployed involuntary
Full-time vs part-time
Current status: retired or not
Marital status Married vs never married
Married vs widowed
Married vs divorced
Married vs separated
Self-reported health Global health self-rating Real household income per capita Household income R square Summed socio-demographic + health Gender Sexe: male (vs female)
Time trend of happiness in males and females