Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Current employment status

StudyPalisi & Ransford (1987): study US 1972
TitleEffects of Urbanism, Race and Class on Happiness and Physical Health.
SourceSociological Spectrum, 1987, Vol. 7, 271 - 295
DOIDOI: 10.1080/02732173.1987.9981822
Public18+ aged, general public, USA 1972-1983
Sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =15320

Correlate
Author's labelCurrent employment
Our classificationCurrent employment status
Operationalization
Singel direct question.
0 No work at this moment
1 Currently employed

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaBeta=+.12 p < .001
 controled for size of town, age, gender, race 
and education.


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HL-c-sq-v-3-aaSelfreport on single question:

Taken all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say that you are....?
3 very happy
2 pretty happy
1 not too happy


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
BetaSTANDARDIZED REGRESSION COEFFICIENT by LEAST SQUARES (OLS)
Type: test statistic.

Measurement level: Correlates: all metric, Happiness: metric.
Range: [-1 ; +1]

Meaning:
beta > 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta < 0 a higher correlate level corresponds to a higher happiness rating on average.
beta = 0 no correlation.
beta = + 1 or -1 perfect correlation.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl