Subject code: L14ab03a

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: local disamenity |

Page in Source | 436, 438, 441 |

Our classification | Actual quality of local environment, code L14ab03a |

Operationalization | To what frequency do you observe the following events to happen in your neighbourhood? a) loud traffic noises b) noises from airplanes, trains, or industry e) homes and gardens in bad condition f) rubbish and litter lying around Rated: 1 never happens : 5 very common Combined to a 4-20 scale. |

Observed distribution | Males: M=10.3 SD=1.47; Females: M=1.4 SD=1.52 |

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=+.01 ns | |

O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-d | OPRC=+.01 ns | OPRC's controlled for: - region in Australia - remoteness of place of residence - relative income - 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) social interaction and social support g) rate of people over 64 years old 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 OPRC is similar when controlling for: - duration of living in residence instead of: - relative income |

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