Findings on happiness in Guven (2009): study DE 1984

Author(s)Guven, C.
TitleAre Happier People better Citizens?
SourceSchool Working Papers, Economic Series, SWP 2009/4, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (also SOEP paper no. 199, DIW, 2009, Berlin Germany)
Public18+ aged, general public, Germany, 1984
 Individuals living in households in Germany (1984-2007)
Collect period1984-2007
Survey nameDE-SOEP 1984
 Data drawn from German socio-economic panel study, representative longitudinal studies of households that survey same respondents annually.
SampleProbability simple random sample
Respondents N =15397
 15397 for 1984; for 1992 12726 from West-Germany and 5780 from East-Germany.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksPublic followed each year, 1984-2007
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport 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
Author's labelSelf-reported happiness
Page in publication12
RemarksPanel 1984: Mean 7.4 and SD 2.1; N = 11061 1993 7.1 1.8; 5817 2003 6.7 1.8; 3273 2005 6.7 1.9; 2911 Panal 1992 6.9 1.8; 12121 2003 6.6 1.8; 6447 2005 6.6 1.9; 5769
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.10

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Annual doctor visitsshow  Current medical consumption
Childrenshow  Living with children
Childrenshow  Number of children, also classified as above ↑
Education yearsshow  Years schooling
Femaleshow  Sex (male vs female)
Household sizeshow  Number of persons in household
Log incomeshow  Household income
Marriedshow  Married vs divorced
Working Part-timeshow  Current employment status
Working Part-timeshow  Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Working Part-timeshow  Hours work, also classified as above ↑
Working Part-timeshow  Tenure (vs flex contracts), also classified as above ↑