Findings on happiness in Pfeifer (2013): study DE 2003

Author(s)Pfeifer, C.
TitleLife Satisfaction and the Consumption Values of Partners and Friends: Empirical Evidence from German Panel Survey Data.
SourceEconomics Bulletin, 2013, Vol. 33, 3131 - 3142
Public16+ aged general public, Germany, followed 5 years, 2003-2008
Last assesment2008
 Only in 2003 and 2008, not in intermediate years
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
 SOEP 2003, 2008
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =9972
 person/year observations
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
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 publication3134
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.71

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Educationshow  Earlier educational level
Educationshow  Level of school-education, also classified as above ↑
Employment statusshow  Current employment status
German citizenshow  Current nation of residence
Montly net household incomeshow  Change in income level
Number of close friendsshow  Number of close friends
Number of persons in householdshow  Number of persons in household
Serious/permanent partnershipshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Subjective health statusshow  Global health rating