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Hinks & Davies (2008): study MW 2004

Publication

Author(s):
Hinks, T.; Davies, S.
Title:
Life Satisfaction in Malawi and the Importance of Relative Consumption, Polygamy and Religion.
Source:
Journal of International Development, 2008, Vol. 20, 888 - 904

Investigation

Public:
Household heads, Malawai 2004-2005
Survey name:
Unnamed study
Sample:
Probability multi-stage random
Respondents:
N = 11272
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Considering the whole situation: how satisfied are you about your daily life?
1  very unsatisfied
2  unsatisfied
3  neither unsatisfied, nor satisfied
4  satisfied
5  very satisfied

Numbering reversed in original (very unsatisfied '5', very satisfied '1')
Classification:
O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-e
Author's label:
life satisfaction
Page in publication:
893
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 24.4%,   2: 38.18%,   3: 13.52%,   4: 18.31%,   5: 5.57%   (total 99.98%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.42 4.23
SD:
1.20 2.68

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding male/female Sexe: male (vs female) poor/ultra-poor `objective` poverty urban/rural Rural dwelling (vs urban) Christian/Islam/Traditional/Others Current religious denomination
Religious (vs not)
per capita consumption Consumption: absolute level mean community consumption Consumption in vicinity relative consumption Consumption: relative to others age Current age (in years) neighbours' subjective wealth Income level in vicinity household assets Current possessions
Total wealth
education level Level of school-education marriage/separated/widowed Married state (compared to non-married states)
Vs widowed
Vs separated
salaried employment/self employment Current employment status
Self employed
polygamy Polygamous marriage (vs monogamous) reported feeling unsafe Specific worries attacked in last 12 months Change: recently victimized
Victim of crime