Findings on happiness in Becchetti et al. (2010a): study XZ Germany West 1984

Author(s)Becchetti, L.; Giachin Ricca, E.; Pelloni, A.
TitleThe Relationship between Social Leisure and Life Satisfaction.
SourceWorking Paper No 63, 2010, University of Teramo, Department of Communication, Italy
Public17-76 aged, general public, Germany, followed 23 years 1984-2007
Last assesment2007
 T1: 1984, T23: 2007
Survey nameNot available
 German Socio Economic panel Study (GSOEP)
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Sub samples of immigrants and very rich excluded
Respondents N =156232
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 individual observations
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Once again, please look at the scale and tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with your life as a whole" 10 satisfied 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 dissatisfied
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.81

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Social leisure timeshow  Change in total social participation