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Studies

Hinks & Simon (2012): study MW 2012

Publication

Author(s):
Hinks, T.; Simon, D.
Title:
Life Satisfaction in Malawi.
Source:
Selin, H.; Davey, G; Eds.: "Happiness Across Cultures. Views of Happiness and Quality of Life in Non-Western Cultures Across Cultures. The History of Non-Westeren Science 6.", Springer, 2012, New York, USA, 271 - 292

Investigation

Public:
18+ aged, general public, Malawi, 2012
Survey name:
MW_Malawi IHS 2004
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 11000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Self report on single question:

Overall, how satisfied (content, happy) are you with your life?
1  very unsatisfied
2  unsatisfied
3  neither unsatisfied nor satisfied
4  satisfied
5  very satisfied
Classification:
O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-e
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
Females are more likely to be 'very unsatisfied with life' than men (28.3% compared to 23.3%). Men are more likely to be at least 'satisfied with life' than women  (25.2% compared to 19.4%). Average satisfaction score in urban areas is 2.68 (28.2% very unsatisfied, 34.4% satisfied or very satisfied). Depending on which group 35.6% to 53.8% of the Malawi respondents report being 'very unsatisfied with life'. Groups with the lowest average satisfaction are the ultra-poor, those following traditional religious beliefs and those following other religious beliefs.
Page in publication:
277
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 24.41%,   2: 38.2%,   3: 13.52%,   4: 18.31%,   5: 5.57%   (total 100.01%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.42 3.56
SD:
1.20 2.99

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Consumption per capita (log) Absolute level Ultra poor `objective` poverty Personal victim of crime (attack, burglary, theft) Crime on nation Gender Sex (male vs female) Age Current age (in years) Married dummy Married state (compared to non-married states) Employment status Current employment status
Being a farmer
Unemployed involuntary
Full-time home maker
Self employed
Involved in schooling or not
Household size Number of persons in household Education level Level of school-education Urban/rural area Rural dwelling (vs urban) Asset index Total wealth Hungry season Climate
Season
Regional crime rate Safety in region