Findings on happiness in Luttmer (2005): study US 1987

Publication
Author(s)Luttmer, E.F.
TitleNeighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well-Being.
SourceQuarterly Journal of Economics, 2005, 963-1002
URLhttp://www.nber.org/~luttmer/relative.pdf
Investigation
Public19+ aged couples, United States, followed 6 years, 1987-1994
Last assesment1994
 First wave: 1987-1988 Second wave: 1992-1994
Survey nameNSFH combined waves
 NSFH I and NSFH II
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =8944
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Next are some questions about how you see yourself and your life. Taking all things together, how would you say things are these days? 1 very unhappy 2 3 4 5 6 7 very happy
ClassificationO-HL-c-sq-n-7-b
Page in publication973
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.34
Standard deviation1.38


Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
ageshow  Current age (in years)
employmentshow  Current employment status
fraction 'black' in neighbourhoodshow  Ethnic diversity in vinicity
fraction 'black' in neighbourhoodshow  Social homogeneity in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
household sizeshow  Number of persons in household
ln household incomeshow  Change in income level
Ln puma earningsshow  Income level in vinicity
ln usual working hoursshow  Hours work
ln value of homeshow  Cost of housing
ln value of homeshow  Specific possessions, also classified as above ↑
metropolian area populationshow  Size of urban setting
nonmetropolian areashow  Size of urban setting
R-squaredshow  Socio-demographic + environmental factors
raceshow  Ethnic status in the USA
religionshow  Current religious denomination
rentershow  House owned or rented
years of educationshow  Years schooling