Findings on happiness in Oswald & Powdthavee (2007a): study DE 2002

Author(s)Oswald, A.J.; Powdthavee, N
TitleObesity, Unhappiness, and the Challenge of Affluence: Theory and Evidence.
SourceIZA Discussion Paper No. 2007, Bonn, Germany
PublicAdults, general public, Germany, 2002
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel, 2002
SampleProbability stratified sample
Respondents N =24000
Non Responsen.a.
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 labelLife Satisfaction
Page in publication16
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.70

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Body Mass Index Variable (BMI)show  Heigth
Body Mass Index Variable (BMI)show  Weight, also classified as above ↑