Findings on happiness in Binder & Coad (2013): study GB 1996

Author(s)Binder, M.; Coad, A.
TitleLife Satisfaction and Self-employment: A Matching Approach.
SourceSmall Business Economist, 2013, Vol. 40, 1009 - 1033
DOIDOI: 10.1007/s11187-011-9413-9
PublicWorking age, UK, followed 10 years, 1996-2006
 Unable to split the database in 'solo-entrepreneurs' and 'employers' 53,29% female mean age 46.14 (SD 17.94) with maximum age at 98 en minimum age at 15
Last assesment2006
Survey nameUK-BHPS combined waves
 BHPS 2009, 9 waves
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 unbalanced panel
Respondents N =49018
 All employed: N = 41085, Self employed: N = 5547, Unemployed: N = 2386 Total number of observations 76.752
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 completely satisfied
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication1015
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Change in employmentshow  Change in employment
Change in employmentshow  Getting self-employed, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusshow  Current employment status
Employment statusshow  Self employed, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Mental wellbeingshow  Scores on symptom inventories