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 label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Childrenshow  Birth of children
Childrenshow  Number of children, also classified as above ↑
Death of an intimateshow  Death of an intimate
Divorced since last interviewshow  Recent dissolution of marriage
Employment statusshow  Current employment status
Employment statusshow  Not in labour force, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Healthshow  Characteristics of household-members
Healthshow  Death of an intimate, also classified as above ↑
Healthshow  Global health rating, also classified as above ↑
Household incomeshow  Household income
Income changesshow  Change in income level
Marital statusshow  Married vs never married
Marital statusshow  Vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Newborn since last interviewshow  Birth of children
Regional incomeshow  Income level in vinicity
Wage arrearsshow  Source of current income