Findings on happiness in Lucas (2008): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Lucas, R.E.
TitlePersonality and Subjective Well-Being.
SourceEid, M.; Larsen, R.J.; Eds.: The Science of Subjective Well-Being'', The Guilford Press, 2008, New York, USA, 171 -194.
PublicEmployed - unemployed - -re-employed, Germany, followed 15 years 1984-1998
Last assesment1998
 T1: 1984, T15: 1998
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), waves 1984-1990
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Ss who started the survey employed, experienced some period of unemployment and eventually regained employment, selected from general population sample.
Respondents N =3733
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
Author's labelSubjective well-being
Page in publication8, 9
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Change in employmentE02aa02Change in employment
Change in employmentE02aa01Earlier (un)employment, also classified as above ↑
Change in employmentE02aa02acGetting (re)employed, also classified as above ↑
Change in employmentE02aa03Later (un)employment, also classified as above ↑