Findings on happiness in Pouwels et al. (2008): study DE 1999

Author(s)Pouwels, B.; Siegers, J.J.; Vlasblom, J.D.
TitleIncome, Working Hours, and Happiness.
SourceEconomic Letters, 2008, Vol. 99, 72 - 74
Public18-65 aged, couples, neither unemployed nor disabled, Germany, 1999
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), wave 1999
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Individuals cohabiting and married, both partners between 18-65 aged, and neither unemployed nor disabled were selected from general population sample.
Respondents N =2698
 1349 couples, 1349 women and 1349 men
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 labelHappiness
Page in publication73
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Own yearly net labour incomeI01ab01Personal income
Partner's net yearly labour income.M04ab03cIncome of spouse
Product of own and partner's net yearly incomeI01ab03Household income
Weekly working hoursE02ad02Hours work