Subject code: L17ab01b

Study | Shields et al. (2009): study AU 2001 |

Title | Life Satisfaction and the Economic and Social Characteristics of Neighbourhoods. |

Source | Journal of Population Economics, 2009, Vol. 22, 421 - 443 |

DOI | DOI: 10.1007/s00148-007-0146-7 |

Public | 15+ aged general public, Australia, 2001 |

Sample | Probability multi-stage random |

Non-Response | 34% |

Respondents N = | 13903 |

Correlate | |

Author's label | Neighbourhood characteristic: social interaction and support |

Page in Source | 436, 438, 441 |

Our classification | Local social contacts, code L17ab01b |

Operationalization | To what frequency do you observe the following events to happen in your neighbourhood? a) neighbours helping each other out b) neighbours doing things together Rated: 1 never happens : 5 very common Combined to a 2-10 scale. |

Observed distribution | Males: M=6.5 SD=.87; Females: M=6.5 SD=.86 |

Remarks | A neighbourhood consists of approximately 250 households on average who live in close proximity to each other. |

Observed Relation with Happiness | ||

Happiness Measure | Statistics | Elaboration/Remarks |

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d | OPRC=+.08 p < .01 | MALES |

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d | OPRC=+.03 p < .1 | FEMALES OPRC's controlled for: - region in Australia - remoteness of place of residence - duration of living in residence - neighbourhood characteristics a) rate of single parents b) unemployment rate c) rate of home owners d) rate of non-English speaking immigrants e) rate of employees working in a professional occupation f) rate of people over 64 years old g) local disamenity h) insecurity in the neighbourhood - age and age squared - marital status - number of children - number of adults in household - being an Aborginal/Torres Strait Islander - being an immigrant - English speaking ability - health - education - employment status - household income - house ownership - religion - frequency-preference of paying bills - suspicious of interview questions - others present during interview - respondent was living with both parents at age 14 |

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d | OPRC=+.08 p < .01 | MALES |

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d | OPRC=+.01 ns | FEMALES OPRC's are controlled for: - relative income instead of: - duration of living in residence |

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used

Code | Full Text |

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d | Selfreport 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 |

Appendix 2: Statistics used

Symbol | Explanation |

OPRC | ORDERED PROBIT REGRESSION COEFFICIENT Statistic: Ordered probit regression coefficient Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: ordered responses Theoretical range: unlimited OPRC > 0 A one unit increase in the independent variable corresponds to a higher probability of responding in the highest category of the dependent variable and to a lower probability of responding in the lowest category of the dependent variable. OLRC< 0 A one unit increase in the independent variable corresponds to a lower probability of responding in the highest category of the dependent variable and to a higher probability of responding in the lowest category of the dependent variable. OLRC = 0 No relationship between the independent and dependent variable.. Remarks: The interpretation for the intermediate categories of the dependent variable are ambiguous. It is advised to use marginal effects.. |

Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl