Findings on happiness in Plagnol & Easterlin (2006): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Plagnol, A.C.; Easterlin, R.A.
TitleHappily ever After? Cohabition, Marriage, Divorce, and Happines in Germany.
SourcePopulation and Development Review, 2006, Vol. 32, 511 - 528
PublicFirst married, followed 7 years, Germany, 1984-2004
Survey nameNot available
 GSOEP 1984-2004 (21 waves)
SampleProbability stratified sample
 First marrieds selected from a general population sample
Respondents N =1582
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Yearly over 6 years
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 publication516
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
added life satisfaction before and after marriageshow  Actual changes in happiness
added life satisfaction before and after marriageshow  Recent entering of marriage, also classified as above ↑