Findings on happiness in Bartolini et al. (2013a): study DE 1988

Author(s)Bartolini, S.; Bilancini, E.; Sarracino, F.
TitlePredicting the Trend of Well-Being in Germany: How much Do Comparisons, Adaptation and Sociability Matter.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2013, 114 (3) 169-191
Public14+ aged, Germany, 1988 - 2007
 German nationality
Collect period1988-2007
Last assesment2007
Survey nameDE-SOEP
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =59527
 person-year observations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How satisfied are you with your life in general? Indicate your satisfaction by giving a number between 0 and 10, where 0 means 'completely dissatisfied' and 10 'completely satisfied'. So, the more satisfied you are the higher the number. 0 completely unsatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 completely satisfied
Page in publication6, 33, 35
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.841.84

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Divorcedshow  Vs divorced
Household sizeshow  Number of persons in household
Living in West Germanyshow  Region in Germany
Living with parents at 16show  Earlier family situation
Living with parents at 16show  Living with parents, also classified as above ↑
Log of monthly household incomeshow  Household income
Log of monthly household income 3 years beforeshow  Earlier income
Log of reference incomeshow  Relative income
Marriedshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Military/civil serviceshow  Current involvement in military life
Monthly at churchshow  Participation in church
Monthly at cinema, pop concerts and similarshow  Cinema
Monthly at cinema, pop concerts and similarshow  Culture, also classified as above ↑
Monthly at cinema, pop concerts and similarshow  Leisure, also classified as above ↑
Monthly at cultural eventsshow  Current cultural participation
Monthly at social gatheringsshow  Conflicts with friends
Monthly at social gatheringsshow  Current contacts, also classified as above ↑
Monthly at social gatheringsshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Monthly helping friendsshow  Current helping
Monthly helping friendsshow  Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑
Monthly helping friendsshow  Voluntary work, helping people, also classified as above ↑
Monthly local political participationshow  Current organizational participation
Monthly local political participationshow  Political participation , also classified as above ↑
Monthly sport activitiesshow  Current sporting
Monthly sport activitiesshow  Sporting, also classified as above ↑
Monthly volunteeringshow  Voluntary work
Monthly volunteeringshow  Voluntary work, helping people, also classified as above ↑
Non-workingshow  Out of workforce
Number of children in householdshow  Children in the household
Retiredshow  Current status: retired or not
Separatedshow  Vs separated
Studentshow  Involved in schooling or not
Unemployedshow  Unemployed involuntary
Widowedshow  Vs widowed
Years of educationshow  Years schooling