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Studies

Gerlach & Stephan (1996): study XZ Germany West 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Gerlach, K.; Stephan, G.
Title:
A Paper on Unhappiness and Unemployment in Germany.
Source:
Economics Letters, 1996, Vol. 52, 325 - 330

Investigation

Public:
16-65 aged, general public, Germany, followed from 1984 to1993
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 54066
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
Remarks:
Mean and SD computerd from table 1. (weighted averages)
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:
7.26
SD:
1.84

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Labor market position Current employment status
Unemployed involuntary
Full-time vs part-time
Age Current age (in years) Change in labour market position Change in employment Change in labour market position Change in employment Change in marital status Recent change in marital status Change in income Change in income Change in degree of disability Change in physical health Satisfaction with health Change in satisfaction with health