Correlational finding on Happiness and Sex (male vs female)
Subject code: G01aa

StudyShields et al. (2009): study AU 2001
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
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Non-Response34%
Respondents N =13903

Correlate
Author's labelRegion in Australia
Page in Source 427, 436, 438, 441
Our classificationSex (male vs female), code G01aa
Operationalization
States and territories in Australia:
a) New South Wales
b) Victoria
c) Queensland
d) South Australia
e) Western Australia
f) Tasmania
g) Northern territory
h) ACT (Canberra)
Observed distributiona) 31%, b) 26%, c) 19%, d) 10%, e) 9%, f) 3%, g) 2%, h) 1%

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-dDM=
                  Males   Females   Total
New South Wales   7.89    8.03      7.96
Victoria          7.96    8.00      7.98
Queensland        7.84    7.96      7.90
South Australia   7.98    8.15      8.07
Western Australia 7.82    7.99      7.91
Tasmania          8.03    8.22      8.13
Northern Territory7.90    7.84      7.87
ACT (Canberra)    7.84    7.64      7.74
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-dOPRC=
                  Males       Females  
New South Wales   -------------(reference)     
Victoria          +.04(ns)    +.02(ns)      
Queensland        -.07(.1)    -.08(.05)      
South Australia   +.02(ns)    +.06(ns)      
Western Australia -.06(ns)    -.10(.05)     
Tasmania          +.07(ns)    +.13(ns)      
Northern Territory-.08(ns)    -.32(.05)      
ACT (Canberra)    -.04(ns)    -.20(.05)

OPRC's controlled for:
- remoteness of place of residence
- neighbourhood characteristics
  a) unemployment rate
  b) rate of single parents
  c) rate of immigrants from non-English 
     speaking countries
  d) rate of home owners
  e) rate of employees working in a 
     professional occupation
  f) aged 65 years and over
- 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-dOPRC=
                  Males       Females  
New South Wales   -------------(reference)     
Victoria          +.06(ns)    +.02(ns)      
Queensland        -.06(ns)    -.08(.1)      
South Australia   +.06(ns)    +.07(ns)      
Western Australia -.04(ns)    -.10(.05)     
Tasmania          +.10(ns)    +.14(.1)      
Northern Territory-.00(ns)    -.29(.1)     
ACT (Canberra)    +.02(ns)    -.19(.05)

OPRC's additionally controlled for:
- 3 additional neighbourhood characteristics
  g) social interaction and social support
  h) local disamenity
  i) insecurity in the neighbourhood
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-dOPRC=
                  Males       Females  
New South Wales   -------------(reference)     
Victoria          +.05(ns)    +.02(ns)      
Queensland        -.05(ns)    -.07(.1)      
South Australia   +.06(ns)    +.07(ns)      
Western Australia -.04(ns)    -.10(.05)     
Tasmania          +.08(ns)    +.14(.1)      
Northern Territory-.00(ns)    -.29(.1)     
ACT (Canberra)    +.01(ns)    -.19(.05)

OPRC's additionally controlled for:
- duration of living in residence
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-dOPRC=
                  Males       Females   
New South Wales   -------------(reference)     
Victoria          +.05(ns)    +.04(ns)      
Queensland        -.04(ns)    -.08(.1)      
South Australia   +.01(ns)    +.02(ns)      
Western Australia -.09(ns)    -.09(.1)     
Tasmania          +.10(ns)    +.12(ns)      
Northern Territory-.22(ns)    -.40(.01)     
ACT (Canberra)    -.08(ns)    -.21(.05)

OPRC's additionally controlled for:
- relative income
instead of:
- duration of living in residence


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-dSelfreport 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
SymbolExplanation
DMDIFFERENCE of MEANS
Type: descriptive statistic only.
Measurement level: Correlate: dichotomous, Happiness: metric
Range: depending on the happiness rating scale of the author; range symmetric about zero.

Meaning: the difference of the mean happiness, as measured on the author's rating scale, between the two correlate levels.
OPRCORDERED 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..
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl