Findings on happiness in Pfaff & Hirata (2013): study DE West Germany 1984

Author(s)Pfaff, T.; Hirata, J.
TitleTesting the Easterlin Hypothesis with Panel Data: The Dynamic Relationship between Life Satisfaction and Economic Growth in Germany and in the UK.
SourceZWb Econstor Conference Paper, Münster, Germany
Public18+ aged general public, (West-)Germany, followed 24 years,1984-2010
Last assesment2010
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
 SOEP 1984-2010
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =318346
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
Page in publication11
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.851.85

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Household incomeshow  Change in income level
Household incomeshow  Household income , also classified as above ↑
Regional GDPshow  Economic growth/decline in region
Regional GDPshow  GDP in region, also classified as above ↑