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Studies

Fonseca et al. (2014): study US 2008

Publication

Author(s):
Fonseca, R.; Kapteyn, A.; Lee, J.
Title:
Does Retirement Make you Happy? A Simultaneous Equations Approach.
Source:
Michigan Retirement Research Center, Working Paper, 2014, No. 310, 1 - 31 Michigan, USA

Investigation

Public:
50+ aged, USA, followed 2 years, 2008-2010
Survey name:
US-HRS combined waves
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 54923
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: computer assisted (CAPI)

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Please think about your life as a whole. How satisfied are you with it?
5  completely satisfied
4  very satisfied
3  somewhat satisfied
2  not very satisfied
1  not at all satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-bb
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
table 1, 2
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.9%,   2: 3.1%,   3: 24.4%,   4: 46.4%,   5: 25.3%   (total 100.1%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.92 8.47
SD:
0.83 1.68

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Retirement Current status: retired or not Household income logarithm Household income Depressive symptoms Scores on symptom inventories