Findings on happiness in D'Ambrosio & Frick (2012): study DE 1992

Author(s)D'Ambrosio, C.; Frick, J.R.
TitleIndividual Wellbeing in a Dynamic Perspective.
SourceEconomica, 2012, Vol. 79, 284 - 302
Public18+ aged general public, followed 15 years, 1992-2007, Germany
Last assesment2007
Survey nameDE-SOEP combined waves
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Respondents N =184000
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 publication291+298
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.76

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Age difference among young people
Community sizeshow  Size of urban setting
Disabledshow  Disability
Earlier level of household incomeshow  Change in income level
East germanyshow  Region in Germany
Employment statusshow  Current employment status
Employment statusshow  Reasons for change in employment, also classified as above ↑
Homeownershow  Ownership of current dwelling
Household incomeshow  Household income
Household member in need of careshow  Care giving
Household unemployment indexshow  Current employment status
Marital statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Marital statusshow  Married vs divorced, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Married vs separated , also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Married vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
Number of children in householdshow  Number of children
Relative incomeshow  Earlier level of income
Relative incomeshow  Relative to nation, also classified as above ↑
Years of educationshow  Years schooling