Findings on happiness in Boes & Winkelmann (2010): study DE 1984

Author(s)Boes, S.; Winkelmann, R.
TitleThe Effect of Income on General Life Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2010, Vol. 95, 111 - 128
Public25-65 aged singles, (West-)Germany, 1984-2004
 Single person households only
Last assesment2004
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =9735
 Person/year observations
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
Page in publication120
RemarksMales: M = 6,61 Females: M = 6,85
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Logaritmic incomeI01aa02aChange in income level
UnemploymentE02ab03Unemployed involuntary