Findings on happiness in Krause (2013): study DE 2007

Author(s)Krause, A.
TitleDon't Worry, be Happy? Happiness and Reemployment.
SourceJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2013, Vol. 96, 1 - 20
Public16+ aged, recently fallen unemployed, Germany, 2007-2008
 Interviewed approximately two months after falling unemployed
Collect periodJune
Last assesment2008
Last collect periodMay
Survey nameIZA Evaluation Dataset S
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Unemployed selected from pool of people who recently became unemployed.
Respondents N =2542
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
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication4
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Age and age squaredshow  Current age (in years)
Children in householdshow  Living with children
Disabledshow  Disability
Duration of last jobshow  Earlier (un)employment
Educational degreeshow  Level of school-education
Educational degreeshow  Years schooling, also classified as above ↑
Employment status partnershow  Employment of spouse
Employment status spouseshow  Employment of spouse
Extraversion indexshow  Extraverted
Locus of control indexshow  Inner locus of control
Log net hourly wage of last job (euros)show  Earlier income
Log of unemployment benefitsshow  Personal income
Log of unemployment benefitsshow  Welfare, also classified as above ↑
Maleshow  Sex (male vs female)
Marriedshow  Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced)
Measure of self-esteemshow  Perceived chances for employment
Migrant statusshow  Ever migrated or not
Neuroticism indexshow  Neurotic
Number of children in householdshow  Number of persons in household
Partnershow  Steady love-relation
Singleshow  Vs formerly married (widowed+divorced+separated)
Social class of neighboursshow  Socio-economic status of vinicity
State unemployment rateshow  Unemployment in region
Summed effectsshow  Socio-demographic + environmental factors
Termination of previous jobshow  Reasons for change in employment