Findings on happiness in Powdthavee (2008): study GB 1997

Publication
Author(s)Powdthavee, N
TitlePutting a Price Tag on Friends, Relatives, and Neighbours: Using Surveys of Life Satisfaction to Value Social Relationships.
SourceJournal of Socio-Economics, 2008, Vol. 39, 1459 -1480
DOIdoi:10.1016/j.socec.2007.04.004
Investigation
Public16-65 aged Great-Britain, followed 6 years, 1997-2003
 T1: 1997-2000 T2: 2003. Wave 2001-2002 is excluded: life satisfaction is not measured in wave 11
Survey nameNot available
 British Household Panel Survey, waves 7 to 10 and wave 12
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Sample of households, all household members of age 16 and over are interviewed. Working age people (16-65) selected from general population sample.
Respondents N =54424
 N= wave 7: 9000, wave 12: 12500
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
ClassificationO-SLW-u-sq-n-7-e
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication8
RemarksMean and standard deviation of average T1 + T2. Overtime SD: 0,36
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Mean5.166.93
Standard deviation1.282.16

Scores in1234567
%2.02.06.015.030.033.012.0

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Ageshow  Young versus old, also classified as above ↑
Average district incomeshow  Income level in vinicity
Change in Meeting friends and relativesshow  Change in family-life
Change in Meeting friends and relativesshow  Change in friendships, also classified as above ↑
Change in talking to neighboursshow  Change in amount of personal contacts
Change in talking to neighboursshow  Social contacts in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Gendershow  Sex (male vs female)
Meeting friends and relativesshow  Contacts with relatives
Meeting friends and relativesshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Meeting friends and relativesshow  Visits to friends, also classified as above ↑
Quality of accomodation and neighbourhood variablesshow  Amenities in vinicity
Quality of accomodation and neighbourhood variablesshow  Current residence, also classified as above ↑
Quality of accomodation and neighbourhood variablesshow  Perceived safety in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Quality of accomodation and neighbourhood variablesshow  Quality of house, also classified as above ↑
Talking to neighboursshow  Current contacts
Talking to neighboursshow  Social contacts in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Talking to neighboursshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑