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 labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age and age squaredA04abCurrent age (in years)
Children in householdH20ab02Living with children
Duration of last jobE02aa01Earlier (un)employment
Educational degreeE01ab02Level of school-education
Educational degreeE01ab01Years schooling, also classified as above ↑
Employment status partnerM04ab03bEmployment of spouse
Employment status spouseM04ab03bEmployment of spouse
Extraversion indexP05azExtraverted
Locus of control indexP05bpInner locus of control
Log net hourly wage of last job (euros)I01aa01Earlier income
Log of unemployment benefitsI01ab01Personal income
Log of unemployment benefitsI01ad03cWelfare, also classified as above ↑
MaleG01aaSex (male vs female)
MarriedM02aa05Still-married vs broken marriage (widowed+separated+divorced)
Measure of self-esteemE02ag03Perceived chances for employment
Migrant statusM07aa01Ever migrated or not
Neuroticism indexP05ccNeurotic
Number of children in householdH20ab03Number of persons in household
PartnerL19ab04Steady love-relation
SingleM02ab01eVs formerly married (widowed+divorced+separated)
Social class of neighboursL17ab04Socio-economic status of vinicity
State unemployment rateR04ab10Unemployment in region
Summed effectsS15ab02Socio-demographic + environmental factors
Termination of previous jobE02aa02agReasons for change in employment