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Studies

Layard et al. (2009): study US 1972

Publication

Author(s):
Layard, R.; Mayraz, G.; Nickell, S.J.
Title:
Does Relative Income Matter? Are the Critics Right?
Source:
Working paper SOEP No. 210, DIW, 2009, Berlin, Germany. (also published in: Diener E.;Helliwell J.E.; Kahneman D.;Eds.: ''International Differences in Well-Being'', Oxford University Press, 2010, 139 - 165)

Investigation

Public:
30-55 aged white males, United States, 1972-2006
Survey name:
US-GSS
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 14836
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....?
3   very happy
2   pretty happy
1   not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-a
Page in publication:
3

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Real income per adult Household income Average real income per adult Relative to income of compatriots Financial situation relative to others Later income Happiness over time Trend average happiness in general public Income Trend average happiness in income groups Satisfaction with income Satisfaction with finances in nation
Trend average happiness in Unites States of America
Trend average happiness in special publics