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Studies

Luechinger et al. (2008): study US 1976

Publication

Author(s):
Luechinger, S.; Meier, G.; Stutzer, A.
Title:
Why does Unemployment Hurt the Unemployed? Evidence from the Life Satisfaction Gap between the Public and Privat Sector.
Source:
WWZ Working Paper 03/008, Center of Business and Economics (WWZ), 2008, University of Basel, Switzerland

Investigation

Public:
Employees public and private sector, USA, 1976-2002.
Sample:
Probability systematic sample
Respondents:
N = 19530
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days?   Would you say that you are....?
3  very happy
2  pretty happy
1  not too happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aa
Author's label:
Happiness
Page in publication:
15

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Unemployment at state level Unemployment in region Employed in public sector Public employment (vs private sector)
Tenure (vs flex contracts)
Unemployment in region
Sector: public/private