Findings on happiness in Akay & Martinsson (2012): study DE 1984

Author(s)Akay, A.; Martinsson, P.
TitlePositional Concerns through the Life Cycle: Evidence from subjective Well-being Data and Survey Experiments.
SourceIZA Discussion Paper no. 6342, 2012, Bonn, Germany
Public20-79 aged general public, Germany, 1984-2009
Last assesment2009
Survey nameDE-SOEP 1984-2009
SampleSelection from general population sample
Respondents N =150000
 Total observations for years 1984-2009
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
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Relative income effects by age and reference groupsI01ae04Relative to similar people