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Studies

Wetzel et al. (2016): study DE 2004

Publication

Author(s):
Wetzel, M.; Huxhold, O.; Tesch-Römer, C.
Title:
Transition into Retirement Affects Life Satisfaction: Short- and Long-Term Development Depends on Last Labor Market Status and Education.
Source:
Social Indicator Research 2016, Vol. 125, 991-1009

Investigation

Public:
57-65 aged Germany, followed 6 years before to 8 years after retirement, 2004-2018
Survey name:
DE-SOEP combined waves
Sample:
Selection from general population sample
Respondents:
N = 3361
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report 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
Remarks:
Happiness at retird year
Page in publication:
997
Observed distribution
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
7.02 -
SD:
- -

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Transition type of retirement Earlier unemployment
Sudden retirement (vs gradual)
Early retirement
Years since retirement Time since retirement
Change happiness following events
Stage of retirement