Findings on happiness in Frijters et al. (2004): study DE 1985

Publication
Author(s)Frijters, P.; Haisken-DeNew, J.P.; Shields, M.
TitleInvestigating Patterns and Determinants of Life Satisfaction in Germany following Reunifacation.
SourceThe Journal of Human Resources, 2004, Vol. 39, 649 - 674
Investigation
Public21-64 aged, general public, Germany, followed 14 years, 1985-1999
Collect period1985-1999
Last assesment1999
 East Germans followed from 1991-99, T1:1991 T2:1999 West Germans followed from 1985-99, T1:1985 T2:1999
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 German Socio-Economic Panel
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =18350
 East Germany: 25903 person-year observations (12592 males, 13311 females) West Germany: 108738 person-year observations (54603 males, 54135 females)
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days? 0 dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a
Page in publication654
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Death of other family member than spouse in last yearshow  Death of an intimate
Disabledshow  Disability
Divorced in last yearshow  Recent divorce/separation
Employment statusshow  Current employment status
Employment statusshow  Falling unemployed, also classified as above ↑
Foreigner-bornshow  Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Had a baby in last yearshow  Birth of children
Had a baby in last yearshow  Current parental status, also classified as above ↑
Happiness for East and West Germansshow  Trend in general public
Invalid in householdshow  Dependent persons in household
Live on the border of East and West Germanyshow  Region in Germany
Log household income (post tax)show  Change in income level
Marriedshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Member of the Communist Party before reunificationshow  Earlier political behavior
Member of the Communist Party before reunificationshow  Political participation in nation, also classified as above ↑
Moved home within East/West Germany in last yearshow  Recently moved
Moved home within East/West Germany in last yearshow  Region in Germany, also classified as above ↑
Moved to West/East Germany following reunificationshow  Recently moved
Moved to West/East Germany following reunificationshow  Region in Germany, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenshow  Number of children
Number of days in hospital last yearshow  Hospitalization
Number of days in hospital last yearshow  In hospital, also classified as above ↑
Number of days in hospital last yearshow  Setting of medical treatment, also classified as above ↑
Separated in last yearshow  Recent divorce/separation
Spouse died in last yearshow  Recent widowhood
Years of schoolingshow  Years schooling