Findings on happiness in Schyns (2000): study DE 1992

Author(s)Schyns, P.
TitleThe Relationship between Income, Changes in Income and Life-Satisfaction in West Germany and the Russian Federation. Relative, Absolute or a Combination of Both?
SourceDiener, E.;Rathz, D.R.;Eds.: "Advances in Quality of Life Theory and Research", Kluwer, 2000, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 83 - 110
Public18+ aged general public, Germany, followed 4 years, 1992-1996
Last assesment1996
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
 SOEP 1992-1996
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =4398
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 publication91
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Young versus old
Change in incomeshow  Change in income level
Current incomeshow  Household income
Eduationshow  Level of school-education
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Income satisfactionshow  Later satisfaction with income
Income satisfactionshow  Satisfaction with income, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Work statusshow  Current employment status