Findings on happiness in Shields et al. (2009): study AU 2001

Author(s)Shields, M.A.; Price, S.W.; Wooden, M.
TitleLife Satisfaction and the Economic and Social Characteristics of Neighbourhoods.
SourceJournal of Population Economics, 2009, Vol. 22, 421 - 443
DOIDOI: 10.1007/s00148-007-0146-7
Public15+ aged general public, Australia, 2001
Collect periodAugust-December
Survey nameAU-HILDA 2001
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =13903
Non Response34%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 Additionally self-completion questionnaires were used.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life? Again, pick a number between 0 and 10 to indicate how satisfied you are. 0 totally dissatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 totally satisfied
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication424
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Aboriginal/Torres Strait IslanderE04ab03aEthnic status in Australia
AgeA04abCurrent age (in years)
Co-habitingM02ab01fVs co-habiting
DivorcedM02ab01bVs divorced
Employee (part-time)E02ad01Full-time vs part-time
Full-time studentS01ac01aInvolved in schooling or not
Health conditionH14ac01Degree of restriction
House renterH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
ImmigrantL01aa01Earlier language
ImmigrantM07aa01Ever migrated or not, also classified as above ↑
Level of educationE01ab02Level of school-education
Lived with both parents aged 14H20aaHousehold-composition career
Log annual household incomeI01ab03Household income
Lone parentF02ab01Single parent
MarriedM02aa01Married vs never married
Negative household incomeI01ab04Negative/Zero income
Neighbourhood characteristic: % home ownersL12ab05eHouse ownership in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: % immigrantsL11ab02Ethnic diversity in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: % lone parentsL11ab03Intimate relations in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: % of professionalsL12ab06Occupations in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: % over 64 yearsL11ab01Age distribution in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: % unemployedL12ab07Unemployment in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: insecurity in the neighbourhoodL17ab02Safety in vinicity
Neighbourhood characteristic: local disamenityL13ab03aActual quality of local environment
Neighbourhood characteristic: social interaction and supportL17ab01cSocial contacts in vinicity
Number of childrenC03ab01Number of children
Number of parentsH20ab03Number of persons in household
Others present during interviewI06aa02cOthers present during interview
Owner/managerE02abCurrent employment status
Permanently sickE02ab02Unfit for work
Poor English speaking abilityL01adProblems with the language
Poor English speaking abilityI06aeProblems with understanding the interview, also classified as above ↑
Region in AustraliaR01ab03Region in Australia
Region in AustraliaG01aaSex (male vs female), also classified as above ↑
Relative incomeI01ae02Relative to neighborhood
Religion is importantR12af02Self-definition as religious
Residential durationM09aa01cTime since last move
RetiredR14abCurrent status: retired or not
Self-employedE02ae03Self employed
SeperatedM02ab01cVs separated
Suspicious of interview questionsI06adRespondents attitudes to interview
UnemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
WidowedM02ab01aVs widowed