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Studies

Fonseca et al. (2014): study ZZ EU 11 2006

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, 12 nations, followed 4 years, 2006/08-2010
Survey name:
SHARE
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 120775
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: computer assisted (CAPI)
face-to face computed assisted personal interview

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
Remarks:
Original measure: O-SLu-u-sq-n-11-c
Author recorded
1: (0+1+2)=0.8%
2: (3+4)=2.4%
3: (5+6)=17.6%
4: (7+8)=49.2%
5: (9+10)= 29.9%
Page in publication:
Table 1, 2
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.8%,   2: 2.4%,   3: 17.6%,   4: 49.2%,   5: 29.9%   (total 99.9%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
4.05 8.73
SD:
0.80 1.54

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Retirement Current status: retired or not Unemployed Current employment status Household net wealth logarithm Total wealth Survey year Trend average happiness in age groups Age Current age (in years) Gender Sexe: male (vs female) Marital status Married state (compared to non-married states) Education Level of school-education ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Ability to perform tasks in daily life Nation Current nation of residence
Region in USA
Household income logarithm Household income Depressive symptoms Scores on symptom inventories Major health condition Self-perceived chronic illness