Findings on happiness in Oswald & Winkelmann (2008): study DE 2000 /1

Author(s)Oswald, A.J.; Winkelmann, R.
TitleDelay and Deservingness after Winning the Lottery.
SourceEconStor Working Paper, 2008, no. 0815, Zurich, Switserland.
PublicLottery winners, Germany, followed 3 years, 2000-2007
 Lottery winners with a substantial win only (>3633 euro)
Last assesment2007
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 Years 2000-2007
SampleSelection from general population sample
 Randomly selected lottery winners
Respondents N =198
 The original N of 271 was reduced to 198 by excluding minors (<25 years) and those who did not provide valid financial satisfaction responses. The respondents group was limited to substantial winners (averaging 31.539 euro's). The smaller winners (averaging 1668 euro's) were used as control group.
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 publication24
Finding used in
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Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Substantial winshow  Lottery winning