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Studies

Easterlin & Plagnol (2008): study DE West Germany 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Easterlin, R.A.; Plagnol, A.C.
Title:
Life satisfaction and economic conditions in East and West Germany pre- and post-unification.
Source:
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 68, 433-444.

Investigation

Public:
16+ aged, European immigrants, West Germany, Germany, followed 1-21 years, 1984-2004
Survey name:
DE-SOEP
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 24930
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:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
433, 40 (appendix)
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:
7.03 7.03
SD:
1.93 1.93

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Unemployment in West-Germany Unemployment in nation Household income Household income Relative income Relative income Satisfaction with income Satisfaction with income Inflation rate Inflation in nation Trend in era Trend average happiness in era
Trend happiness in migrants
Being unemployed Unemployed involuntary