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Hartog & Oosterbeek (1998): study NL 1952

Publication

Author(s):
Hartog, J.; Oosterbeek, H.
Title:
Health, Wealth and Happiness. Why Pursue a Higher Education?
Source:
Economics of Education Review, 1998, Vol. 17, 245 - 256

Investigation

Public:
41 aged, Brabant, the Netherlands, followed 1952-1993
Sample:
Probability area sample
Respondents:
N = 1893
Non Response:
53,6%
Assessment:
Questionnaire: paper
Mailed questionnaire at T3.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Think about the quality of your life at the present time.  I would like you to give a rating where 0 represents the worst possible life for you and 10 represents the best possible life for you.
0   worst possible life
1  
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10  best possible life
Classification:
C-BW-c-sq-n-11-a
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
248
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.5%,   2: 0.4%,   3: 0.8%,   4: 1.2%,   5: 2.5%,   6: 7.6%,   7: 11.8%,   8: 27.6%,   9: 33.6%,   10: 9%,   11: 5%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.20 7.20
SD:
1.60 1.60

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Schooling variables Level of school-education Mathematical ability at age 12 Earlier intelligence Verbal ability at age 12 Earlier intelligence Self-perceived health Global health rating Labour market status Public employment (vs private sector)
Unfit for work
Full-time home maker
Private or public sector
Self employed
Unemployed involuntary
family status Married vs divorced
Married vs widowed
Married vs never married
Number of children
Sex (male vs female)
Social background variables Parents education
Parents occupation
Number of siblings
Earlier socio-economic status
Wealth Total wealth