Findings on happiness in Frijters et al. (2006): study RU 1994

Author(s)Frijters, P.; Geishecker, I.; Haisken-DeNew, J.P.; Shields, M.A.
TitleCan the Large Swings in Russian Life Satisfaction be Explained by Ups and Downs in Real Incomes?
SourceScandinavion Journal of Economics, 2006, Vol. 108, 433 - 458
Public18-65 aged general public, Russia, followed yearly, 1994-2001
Last assesment2001
Survey nameRU-RLMS combined waves
 RLMS 1994-2001
SampleSelection from general population sample
Respondents N =38000
 Total number of observations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole nowadays? 5 pretty satisfied 4 fairly satisfied 3 neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 2 fairly dissatisfied 1 pretty dissatisfied
Page in publication443
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
ChildrenC03aa02bBirth of children
ChildrenC03ab01Number of children, also classified as above ↑
Death of an intimateL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Divorced since last interviewM01ab02Recent dissolution of marriage
Employment statusE02abCurrent employment status
Employment statusE02ab04Not in labour force, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
HealthH20ac01Characteristics of household-members
HealthL06ab02aDeath of an intimate, also classified as above ↑
HealthH14ab02aGlobal health rating, also classified as above ↑
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Income changesI01aa02aChange in income level
Marital statusM02aa01Married vs never married
Marital statusM02ab01bVs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Newborn since last interviewC03aa02bBirth of children
Regional incomeL12ab05cIncome level in vinicity
Wage arrearsI01adSource of current income