Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: House owned or rented

StudyBucchianeri (2011): study US Ohio 2005
TitleThe American Dream or the American Delusion? The Private and External Benefits of Homeownership for Women.
SourceWorking Paper Series, 2011, Pennsylvania, USA
URLhttp://ssrn.com/abstract=1877163
DOIDOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1877163
Public18+ aged, women, Columbus City, United States, 2005
SampleSampling not reported
Non-Response
Respondents N =809

Correlate
Author's labelHomeowners
Page in Source Appendix
Our classificationHouse owned or rented
Operationalization
1: homeowner
0: not

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-fb=+.28 p < .05
Unadjusted
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-fb=-.02 ns
B controlled for:
- Income
- Housing price
- Health
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-fb=+.05 ns
B additionally controlled for:
- Age quadratic
- Education
- Cohabitation
- Living with children
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-fb=+.04 ns
B additionally controlled for:
- Financial security
- Average income in neighbourhood (Zip code)
A-AB-yd-mq-n-7-bb=+.07 ns
Unadjusted
A-AB-yd-mq-n-7-bb=+.00 ns
B controlled for:
- Income
- Housing price
- Health
A-AB-yd-mq-n-7-bb=-.09 ns
B additionally controlled for:
- Age quadratic
- Education
- Cohabitation
- Living with children
A-AB-yd-mq-n-7-bb=-.14 ns
B additionally controlled for:
- Financial security
- Average income in neighbourhood (Zip code)

Net affect slighly higher among homeowners when 
they are at home.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
A-AB-yd-mq-n-7-bSelfreport on 10 questions on feeling during the past day

Respondents were asked to divide the previous day into episodes that lasted for between 20 minutes and 2 hours. Respondents next reported the intensity of 10 affects during each episode
A impatient
B competent/confident
C tense/stressed
D happy
E depressed/blue
F interested/focussed
G affectionate/friendly
H calm/ relaxed
I irritated/angry

Rated
0 not at all
1
2
3
4
5
6 very much

Computation: (D+G+H)/3 - (A+C+E+ I)/4 weighted by duration
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-fSelfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
1 not at all satisfied
2 not very satisfied
3 satisfied
4 very satisfied


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
bREGRESSION COEFFICIENT (non-standardized) by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Theoretical range: unlimited

Meaning:
b > 0 A higher correlate level corresponds with a higher happiness rating on average.
B < 0 A higher correlate level corresponds with a lower happiness rating on average.
B = 0 Not any correlation with the relevant correlate.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl