Findings on happiness in Falco et al. (2012): study GH 2004

Author(s)Falco, P.; Maloney, W.F.; Rijkers, B.
TitleHeterogeneity in Subjective Wellbeing. An Application to Occupational Allocation in Africa.
SourcePolicy Research Working Paper 6244, Worldbank, 2012, USA
Public15-60 aged, urban population, Ghana, followed 7 years, 2004-2010
Last assesment2010
Survey nameGH-UHPS 2004-2010
SampleProbability area sample
 The sampling scheme is based on a stratified random sample of urban households from the 2000 census in Ghana. (Urban labor markets)
Respondents N =3216
 N=Self-employed,employees:399, Self-employed,no employees: 1520, Informal salaried: 523, Formal salaried: 510, Civil servants: 264
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarksthe 2007 wave is recall wave and excluded from the present analysis.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question Taking everything together, how happy are you with the way things are going in your life now? 6 completely satisfied 5 pretty much satisfied 4 slightly satisfied 3 slightly dissatisfied 2 pretty much dissatisfied 1 completely dissatisfied
Page in publication10
RemarksWeighted mean computed by WDH team
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 6On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Apprenticeshow  Working of students
Civil Servantsshow  Public employment (vs private sector)
Different employment statusshow  Entrepreneur
Different employment statusshow  Public employment (vs private sector), also classified as above ↑
Different employment statusshow  Self employed, also classified as above ↑
Different employment statusshow  Tenure (vs flex contracts), also classified as above ↑
Different Salaried employeesshow  Tenure (vs flex contracts)
Earningsshow  Personal income
Educationshow  Current education
Employment statusshow  Self employed
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Height (Z-score)show  Heigth
Household Assestsshow  Current possessions
Household Headshow  Own position in household
Married Statusshow  Married state (compared to non-married states)
Tenureshow  Tenure (vs flex contracts)
Work Hoursshow  Work hours