Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1994c): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleIs Happiness a Trait? Test of the Theory that a Better Society does not Make People any Happier.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1994, Vol. 32, 101 - 160
Public16+ aged, general public, West-Germany, 1984
 West-Germany was a separate nation before 1990 and became a region in reunited Germany after 1990
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economical Panel, first wave, 1984
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =1569
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 labelAverage life-satisfaction
Page in publication143, 154
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Country of settlement vs county of originshow  Earlier nationality (nation of origin)
Country of settlement vs county of originshow  Ever migrated or not, also classified as above ↑