Findings on happiness in Gerlach & Stephan (1996): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Gerlach, K.; Stephan, G.
TitleA Paper on Unhappiness and Unemployment in Germany.
SourceEconomics Letters, 1996, Vol. 52, 325 - 330
Public16-65 aged, general public, Germany, followed from 1984 to1993
Last assesment1993
 T1: 1984, T10: 1993
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel, yearly waves 1984 to 1993
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =54066
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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
RemarksMean and SD computerd from table 1. (weighted averages)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.84

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Change in degree of disabilityH14aa02Change in physical health
Change in incomeI01aa02Change in income
Change in labour market positionE02aa02Change in employment
Change in labour market positionE02aa02Change in employment
Change in marital statusM01abRecent change in marital status
Labor market positionE02abCurrent employment status
Labor market positionE02ad01Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Labor market positionE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with healthH14aa02dChange in satisfaction with health