Findings on happiness in Luechinger et al. (2008): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Luechinger, S.; Meier, G.; Stutzer, A.
TitleWhy does Unemployment Hurt the Unemployed? Evidence from the Life Satisfaction Gap between the Public and Privat Sector.
SourceWWZ Working Paper 03/008, Center of Business and Economics (WWZ), 2008, University of Basel, Switzerland
PublicEmployees, private and public sector. West-Germany, 1984-2004.
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP)
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =20764
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 publication10
RemarksAnalysis based on 3-step reduced scale: 1.low scores (0, 1, 2, or 3) 1,2% ; 2. middle scores (8, 9 or 10) 52,4%; 3. high scores (10) 6,5%.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.65

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Changes in regional unemploymentE03ab01bdTrend happiness in employment categories
Changes in regional unemploymentR04ab10Unemployment in region, also classified as above ↑
Public sector (vs private sector)E02aeCurrent employment arrangement
Public sector (vs private sector)E02ae02Public employment (vs private sector), also classified as above ↑
Public sector (vs private sector)E02ae04Tenure (vs flex contracts), also classified as above ↑