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Studies

Plagnol & Easterlin (2006): study XZ Germany West 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Plagnol, A.C.; Easterlin, R.A.
Title:
Happily ever After? Cohabition, Marriage, Divorce, and Happines in Germany.
Source:
Population and Development Review, 2006, Vol. 32, 511 - 528

Investigation

Public:
First married, followed 7 years, Germany, 1984-2004
Sample:
Probability stratified sample
Respondents:
N = 1582
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Yearly over 6 years

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
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
Page in publication:
516

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding added life satisfaction before and after marriage Actual changes in happiness
Recent entering of marriage