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Luttmer (2005): study US 1987

Publication

Author(s):
Luttmer, E.F.
Title:
Neighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being.
Source:
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2005, 963-1002

Investigation

Public:
19+ aged couples, United States, followed 6 years, 1987-1994
Survey name:
US-NSFH combined waves
Sample:
Probability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents:
N = 8944
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

Next are some questions about how you see yourself and your life. Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days?
1  very unhappy
2
3
4
5
6
7  very happy
Classification:
O-HL-c-sq-n-7-b
Page in publication:
973
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%,   6: 0%,   7: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 7 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.34
SD:
1.38

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Ln puma earnings Income level in vinicity ln household income Change in income level ln value of home Cost of housing
Specific possessions
renter House owned or rented ln usual working hours Hours work employment Current employment status age Current age (in years) race Ethnic status in the USA household size Number of persons in household years of education Years schooling religion Current religious denomination metropolian area population Size of urban setting nonmetropolian area Size of urban setting fraction 'black' in neighbourhood Social homogeneity in vinicity
Ethnic diversity in vinicity
R-squared Socio-demographic + environmental factors