Findings on happiness in Luechinger et al. (2008): study US 1976

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 public and private sector, USA, 1976-2002.
Survey nameNot available
 General Statistical Surveys, USA
SampleProbability systematic sample
Respondents N =19530
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication15
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Employed in public sectorshow  Public employment (vs private sector)
Employed in public sectorshow  Sector: public/private, also classified as above ↑
Employed in public sectorshow  Tenure (vs flex contracts), also classified as above ↑
Employed in public sectorshow  Unemployment in region, also classified as above ↑
Unemployment at state levelshow  Unemployment in region