Findings on happiness in Easterlin (2014a): study DE East Germany 1990 /1

Author(s)Easterlin, R.A.
TitleLife Satisfaction in the Transition from Socialism to Capitalism.
SourceClark, A.E.;Ed.:" Happiness and Economic Growth: Lessons from Developing Countries", Oxford Scholarship Online: 2015, 1 - 24
DOIdoi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723653.003.0002
Public18+ aged, general public, East Germany, 1990-2004
Collect period1990-2004
Survey nameDE-SOEP
 Waves 1990 and 2004
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =200000
 About 200.000 persons/year observations
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
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Page in publication3,29
RemarksUnweighed average of the whole period 1990-2009 computed by the WDH-team
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textClinical rating by six staff psychologists who had studied the subjects intensively. Subjects were ranked for "Happiness"
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Political change: before and after the fall of socialismN12NATION: POLITICS
Political change: before and after the fall of socialismE03ab01aTrend in general public, also classified as above ↑
Trend in happinessE03ab01aTrend in general public