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Studies

Easterlin (2014a): study DE East Germany 1990 /1

Publication

Author(s):
Easterlin, R.A.
Title:
Life Satisfaction in the Transition from Socialism to Capitalism.
Source:
Clark, A.E.;Ed.:" Happiness and Economic Growth: Lessons from Developing Countries", Oxford Scholarship Online: 2015, 1 - 24

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, East Germany, 1990-2004
Survey name:
DE-SOEP
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 200000
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
Author's label:
Overall life satisfaction
Remarks:
Unweighed average of the whole period 1990-2009 computed by the WDH-team
Page in publication:
3,29
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%,   8: 0%,   9: 0%,   10: 0%,   11: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
6.36 6.36
Full text:
Clinical rating by six staff psychologists who had studied the subjects intensively.

Subjects were ranked for "Happiness"
Classification:
A-?-u-sq-v-5-a
Author's label:
Happiness

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Political change: before and after the fall of socialism NATION: POLITICS
Trend in general public
Trend in happiness Trend in general public