Findings on happiness in Angeles (2008): study GB 1991

Publication
Author(s)Angeles, L.
TitleAdaptation or Social Comparison? The Effects of Income and Happiness.
SourcePaper University of Glasgow, Department of Economics, 2008, UK
URLhttp://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_110443_en.pdf
Investigation
Public18+ aged general public, UK, 1991-2005
Last assesment2005
Survey nameUK-BHPS 1996-2008
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =15000
 Total number of observations around 89000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarks15 yearly waves
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 completely satisfied
ClassificationO-SLW-u-sq-n-7-e
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication7
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Absolute income (in logs)show  Household income
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Healthshow  Global health rating
Income relative to predicted incomeshow  Relative income
Income relative to regional incomeshow  Relative to neighborhood
Income relative to the past income (in logs)show  Change in income level
Marital statusshow  Living-as-married vs never married
Marital statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states), also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenshow  Number of children
Regionsshow  Region in UK
Religiouness activityshow  Participation in church
Unemploymentshow  Current employment status