Findings on happiness in Clark & Etile (2009): study DE 2002

Author(s)Clark, A.E.; Etile, F.
TitleHappy House: spousal Weight and individual Well-being.
SourceWorking Paper no. 2010-07, Paris School of Economics, 2010, Paris, France.
Public18+ aged, general public, Germany, 2002,2004,2006
Last assesment2006
 Data from three waves of the GSOEP: 2002, 2004 and 2006
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 Analysis is based on three waves of the GSOEP: 2002, 2004, 2006
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Sample 1: 19899 individuals of which sample 2 is made up: 6555 couples
Respondents N =19899
 N=19899 of which 14386 were observed for 3 years. 66% of sample 2 were observed for 3 years.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole right now? 0 very dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 very satisfied Combined with score on the same question rated on scale 1-10
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication12
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Own body weightshow  Body Mass Index (BMI)
Spousal weightshow  weight of spouse