Findings on happiness in Becchetti & Conzo (2010): study AR Buenos Aires 2009

Author(s)Becchetti, L.; Conzo, P.
TitleMicrofinance and Happiness.
SourceUniverstiy of Rome ''tor Vergata'', Working Paper, 2010, No. 69
Public18+ aged, low income households, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009
Collect periodJune
Last collect periodSeptember
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleProbability multi-stage random
 Randomly selected 150 borrowers, clients of Protagonizar (microfinance organization) Randomly selected 150 eligible non participants micro-entrepreneurs (not borrowers) 60 dropouts from the Protagonizar's program.
Respondents N =360
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking everything into consideration: do you consider your self happy or unhappy? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Verbal labels not reported
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication19
RemarksFull distribution not reported
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.381.38

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Brick Finishedshow  Quality of current dwelling
Ceramic floorshow  Quality of current dwelling
Cohabitantshow  Living with spouse
credit cycleshow  Debts
Educationshow  Years schooling
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Household componentsshow  Current household-composition
Household incomeshow  Household income
Job experienceshow  History of current occupation
Job experienceshow  Years in occupation, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Married vs never married
Marital statusshow  Vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Microfinance loanshow  Debts
Number of bedroomsshow  Current dwelling
Savingsshow  Savings
Toiletteshow  Quality of current dwelling
Villageshow  Region in Argentina