Subject code: P12ab03

Study | Borooah (2006): study GB Northern Ireland 2002 |

Title | What Makes People Happy? Some Evidence from Northern Ireland. |

Source | Journal of Happiness Studies, 2005, Vol. 7, 427 - 465 |

DOI | doi:10.1007/s10902-006-9008-3 |

Public | Adult general public, Northern Ireland, 2002 |

Sample | Probability sample (unspecified) |

Non-Response | |

Respondents N = | 3039 |

Correlate | |

Author's label | Owner-occupier: no mortgage and mortgage |

Page in Source | 440-441 |

Our classification | Debts, code P12ab03 |

Operationalization | Having no-mortgages Having mortgages Exact operationalization is not reported by the authors |

Observed Relation with Happiness | ||

Happiness Measure | Statistics | Elaboration/Remarks |

O-HP-cm-sq-v-6-b | OLRC=-.10 ns | NO-MORTGAGES Marginal probability of being happy (z-score): 2.3% (5.4%) |

O-HP-cm-sq-v-6-b | OLRC=+.16 ns | MORTGAGES Marginal probability of being happy (z-score): -3.6% (9.1%) OLRC controled for: - gender - age - income - marital status - employment status - educational attainment - mortgages - being a parent - public sector tenant - health status - religion - redidential area (village/small town/ big town) |

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used

Code | Full Text |

O-HP-cm-sq-v-6-b | Selfreport on single question: How did you feel during the last month? …. Were you a happy person? 6: all the time 5: most of the time 4: a good bit of the time 3: some of the time 2: a little of the time 1: none of the time Last item ina series of questions on self and life |

Appendix 2: Statistics used

Symbol | Explanation |

OLRC | ORDERED LOGIT REGRESSION COEFFICIENT Statistic: Ordered logit regression coefficient Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: ordered responses Theoretical range: unlimited OLRC > 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