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Studies

Stutzer & Frey (2006): study XZ Germany West 1984

Publication

Author(s):
Stutzer, A.; Frey, B.S.
Title:
Does Marriage Make People Happy, or do Happy People Get Married.
Source:
The Journal of Socio-Economics, 2006, Vol. 35, 326 - 347

Investigation

Public:
15+ aged, general public, West Germany, 1984-2000
Sample:
Non-probability purposive sample
Respondents:
N = 15268
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Yearly

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

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Marriage Married state (compared to non-married states)
Married vs separated
Formally-married vs living-as-married
Age Current age (in years) Gender Sex (male vs female) Years of education Level of school-education Position in household Non-biological child Household income Household income Employment Current employment status
MILITARY LIFE
Involved in schooling or not
Current status: retired or not
Pregnant
Unemployed involuntary
Self employed
Eastern- western Germany Region in Germany Country of origin Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Ever migrated or not
Number of household members Number of persons in household Marriage later in life Later marriage
Current age (in years)
Years before and after marriage Recent marriage Age Current age (in years) married vs never married Married vs never married married vs divorced Married vs divorced difference with spouce Heterogeneity of marriage-partners division of labor between spouces Shared household-tasks children Actually got children later (follow-up)
Current parental status