Findings on happiness in Winkelmann (2009): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Winkelmann, R.
TitleUnemployment, Social Capital, and Subjective Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2009, Vol. 10, 421 - 430
PublicEmployed, who fell unemployed, West-Germany 1984-2004
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio Economic Panel (GSOEP) 1984-2004
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Individuals, that made transition from employment to unemployment between two consecutive survey years, selected from general population sample
Respondents N =5536
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
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Active social lifeF06acCurrent contacts with friends
Active social lifeS12abCurrent sporting, also classified as above ↑
Active social lifeA02ac05Leisure, also classified as above ↑
Active social lifeR12ad02Participation in church, also classified as above ↑
Active social lifeF06ac06Visits to friends, also classified as above ↑
Active social lifeS07ab03Voluntary work, also classified as above ↑
East GermanyR01ab10Region in Germany
Falling unemployedE02aa02abFalling unemployed
German nationalityE04ab03fEthnic status in Germany
German nationalityN10acForeign nationalities in nation, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
University graduateE01ab02Level of school-education