Findings on happiness in Börsch-Supan & Jürgens (2006): study XZ Germany West 1984

Publication
Author(s)Börsch-Supan, A.; Jürgens, G.
TitleEarly Retirement, Social Security and Well-Being in Germany.
SourceNational Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Working Paper 12303., 2006, USA
URLhttp://www.nber.org/papers/w12303
Investigation
Public50-65 aged, West-Germany, followed 18 years, 1984-2002
 West-Germany was a separate nation before 1990 and became a region in reunited Germany after 1990
Last assesment2002
 T1: 1984 --- T18: 2002
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP)
SampleProbability stratified sample
 Early retirees selected from 55-65 aged working men and women
Respondents N =10000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Yearly
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
ClassificationO-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d
Author's labelSubjective Well-being
Page in publication10,13,25
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Retirementshow  Age difference among elderly
Retirementshow  Change in retirement status, also classified as above ↑
Retirementshow  Current status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Retirementshow  Early retirement, also classified as above ↑
Retirementshow  Age at retirement
Retirementshow  Change in retirement status, also classified as above ↑
Retirementshow  Early retirement, also classified as above ↑
Retirementshow  Time since retirement, also classified as above ↑
Social security expendituresshow  Social security in nation
Social security expendituresshow  Trend in special publics, also classified as above ↑