Findings on happiness in Cuesta & Budria (2011): study DE 2000

Author(s)Cuesta, M.B.; Budria, S.
TitleDeprivation and Subjective Well-being: Evidence from Panel Data.
SourceEA Working Papers, 2011, No.8, UA Madrid, Spain
Public18+ aged, heads of households, Germany, 2000-2008
Last assesment2008
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 German Socio-Economic Panel Survey (GSOEP)
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =11000
 48484 observations
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 publication9
RemarksFull distribution not reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.701.70

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Attends cinema, concertsC14ab01Passive participation
Attends cultural eventsC14abCurrent cultural participation
Attends religious eventsR12adCurrent religious practices
Attends religious eventsR12ad02Participation in church, also classified as above ↑
BalconyH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
BathH22ab03cFacilities in the house
Big Five Dimensions and LOCP05adAgreeable
Big Five Dimensions and LOCP05aoConscientious, also classified as above ↑
Big Five Dimensions and LOCP05azExtraverted, also classified as above ↑
Big Five Dimensions and LOCP05bpInner locus of control, also classified as above ↑
Big Five Dimensions and LOCP05ccNeurotic, also classified as above ↑
Big Five Dimensions and LOCP05cdOpen, also classified as above ↑
BoilerH22ab03cFacilities in the house
BoilerP12ab02Specific possessions, also classified as above ↑
CellarH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Deprivation in accomodation (relative)H22ab03cFacilities in the house
Deprivation in accomodation (relative)R13ab03Relative resources, also classified as above ↑
Deprivation in durables (relative)R13ab03Relative resources
Deprivation in facilities (relative)R13ab03Relative resources
Deprivation in health (relative)H14aeRelative health
Deprivation in health (relative)R13ab03Relative resources, also classified as above ↑
Deprivation in income (relative)R13ab03Relative resources
Deprivation in savings (relative)R13ab03Relative resources
Deprivation in social relations (relative)S06ab01Relative contacts
Deprivation in social relations (relative)R13ab03Relative resources, also classified as above ↑
Doctor visits (>12 per year)H17ab01Visits to doctor
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
GardenH22ab03cFacilities in the house
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Health statusH14ab02Self-perceived health
HeatingH22ab03cFacilities in the house
House size (nr of rooms)H22ab03Quality of current dwelling
House size (surface)H22ab03eSurface of house
KitchenH22ab03cFacilities in the house
Ln (household income)I01aa02aChange in income level
Ln (household income)I01ab03Household income , also classified as above ↑
Ln (household income)I01aeRelative income, also classified as above ↑
Ln (household savings)P12ab05Savings
Log (age)A04abCurrent age (in years)
Log (age) squaredA04abCurrent age (in years)
Log (nr of adults in household)H20abCurrent household-composition
Log (nr of children in household)H20abCurrent household-composition
Log (nr of children in household)C03ab01Number of children, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
MicrowaveP12ab02cbMicro wave
NationalityN10acForeign nationalities in nation
Participates in politicsP09ab02Political participation
Participates in volunteer workS07ab03Voluntary work
Practices sportsS12abCurrent sporting
TelephoneP12ab02bcTelephone, also classified as above ↑
ToiletH22ab03Quality of current dwelling
Years of educationE01ab01Years schooling