Findings on happiness in Hartog & Oosterbeek (1998): study NL 1952

Publication
Author(s)Hartog, J.; Oosterbeek, H.
TitleHealth, Wealth and Happiness. Why Pursue a Higher Education?
SourceEconomics of Education Review, 1998, Vol. 17, 245 - 256
DOIDOI:10.1016/S0272-7757(97)00064-2
Investigation
Public41 aged, Brabant, the Netherlands, followed 1952-1993
Last assesment1993
 T1: 1952, T2: 1983, T3: 1993
Survey nameNot available
 Brabant longitudinal survey, wave 3
SampleProbability area sample
 In 1952, one quarter of the sixth-grade pupils (around 12 years old) in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant were sampled and information about school, intelligence and family background gathered. In the respondents were reinterviewed about education, work and earnings 1983. In 1993 respondents were interviewed again and questioned also about children, health and happiness
Respondents N =1893
 T1:4462, T2: 2392, T3: 1893; drop-out = T3-T1 = 2569 = 58%
Non Response53,6%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire at T3.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Think about the quality of your life at the present time. I would like you to give a rating where 0 represents the worst possible life for you and 10 represents the best possible life for you. 0 worst possible life 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 best possible life
ClassificationC-BW-c-sq-n-11-a
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication248
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Mean7.207.20
Standard deviation1.601.60

Scores in012345678910
%0.50.40.81.22.57.611.827.633.69.05.0

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
family statusM02aa03Married vs divorced
family statusM02aa01Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
family statusM02aa02Married vs widowed, also classified as above ↑
family statusC03ab01Number of children, also classified as above ↑
family statusG01aaSex (male vs female), also classified as above ↑
Labour market statusE02ab01Full-time home maker
Labour market statusW04ab09Private or public sector, also classified as above ↑
Labour market statusE02ae02Public employment (vs private sector), also classified as above ↑
Labour market statusE02ae03Self employed, also classified as above ↑
Labour market statusE02ab03Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Labour market statusE02ab02Unfit for work, also classified as above ↑
Mathematical ability at age 12I03aa01Earlier intelligence
Schooling variablesE01ab02Level of school-education
Self-perceived healthH14ab02aGlobal health rating
Social background variablesS09aa01Earlier socio-economic status
Social background variablesF01ab01Number of siblings, also classified as above ↑
Social background variablesF01ag01Parents education, also classified as above ↑
Social background variablesF01ag03Parents occupation, also classified as above ↑
Verbal ability at age 12I03aa01Earlier intelligence
WealthP12ab01Total wealth