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Studies

Frijters et al. (2004): study DE 1985

Publication

Author(s):
Frijters, P.; Haisken-DeNew, J.P.; Shields, M.
Title:
Investigating Patterns and Determinants of Life Satisfaction in Germany following Reunifacation.
Source:
The Journal of Human Resources, 2004, Vol. 39, 649 - 674

Investigation

Public:
21-64 aged, general public, Germany, followed 14 years, 1985-1999
Survey name:
DE-SOEP
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 18350
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
0  dissatisfied
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a
Page in publication:
654

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Age Current age (in years) Foreigner-born Earlier nationality (nation of origin) Married Married state (compared to non-married states) Death of other family member than spouse in last year Death of an intimate Disabled Disability Number of days in hospital last year Hospitalization
In hospital
Setting of medical treatment
Number of children Number of children Had a baby in last year Current parental status
Birth of children
Invalid in household Dependent persons in household Years of schooling Years schooling Employment status Current employment status
Falling unemployed
Log household income (post tax) Change in income level Moved home within East/West Germany in last year Recently moved
Region in Germany
Moved to West/East Germany following reunification Recently moved
Region in Germany
Live on the border of East and West Germany Region in Germany Member of the Communist Party before reunification Earlier political behavior
Political participation in nation
Happiness for East and West Germans Trend in general public Separated in last year Recent divorce/separation Divorced in last year Recent divorce/separation Spouse died in last year Recent widowhood