Findings on happiness in Oswald & Powdthavee (2007): study GB 1999

Author(s)Oswald, A.J.; Powdthavee, N
TitleDeath, Happiness, and the Calculation of Compensatory Damages.
SourceDiscussion Paper 3159, IZA, 2007, Bonn, Germany
Public16-65 aged, United Kingdom, 1999 -2004
 1999, 2001, 2004
Survey nameNot available
 British Household Panel Survey (BHPS), waves 1999, 2001 and 2004.
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =28418
Non Responsen.a.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 completely satisfied
Author's labellife-satisfaction
Page in publication10
RemarksOverall SD, within SD=0,78 (1.11 transformed 0-10)
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.31

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Death childL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Death childC03aa02dDeath of children, also classified as above ↑
Death friendL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Death motherL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Death of fatherL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Death of intimitate long agoL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Death of intimitate long agoL06aa01Earlier life-events, also classified as above ↑
Death partnerL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Death partnerM01ab02bRecent widowhood, also classified as above ↑
Death siblingL06ab02aDeath of an intimate
Home ownershipH22ab01Ownership of current dwelling
Number of childrenC04ab01Age of children
Number of childrenC03abCurrent parental status, also classified as above ↑
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children, also classified as above ↑