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Posel & Casale (2011): study ZA 2008

Publication

Author(s):
Posel, D.; Casale, D.
Title:
Relative Standing and Subjective Well-Being in South Africa: The Role of Perception, Expectations and Income Mobility.
Source:
Social Indicators Research, 2011, Vol. 104, 195 - 223

Investigation

Public:
17+ aged general public, South-Africa., 2008
Survey name:
National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) 2008
Sample:
Probability sample (unspecified)
Respondents:
N = 28000
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
Assumed by WDH team.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
1  completely dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 completely satisfied
Classification:
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I
Author's label:
Social Well-being
Page in publication:
201
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 7.2%,   2: 5%,   3: 9%,   4: 14%,   5: 18.6%,   6: 13%,   7: 11.6%,   8: 9%,   9: 3.4%,   10: 8.2%   (total 99%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 10 On range 0-10
Mean:
5.42 4.92
SD:
2.45 2.72

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Ethnicity Ethnic status in South Africa Head of household Own position in household Age Current age (in years) Sexe Sex (male vs female) Years of schooling completed Level of school-education Marital status, married vs non-married Married state (compared to non-married states) Health status, excellent/ very good Self-perceived health Unemployed, searching for work Current employment status
Unemployed involuntary
Looking for work
Number of children Number of children Number of pensioners in household Characteristics of household-members Dwelling place Quality of house Toilet Facilities in the house Shared toilet Facilities in the house Religious Activities Religion in nation Neighbours help out Relative to neighborhood Neighbours are aggressive Perceived safety in vinicity Crime in the neighbourhood Perceived safety in vinicity Member of a group Membership of voluntary organizations Owns a cellular phone Telephone Per capita household income (Rands) Household income Actual rank in SA Relative to nation Perceived rank in SA Relative to nation
Attitudes to own income
Perceived rank in village/suburb Relative to neighborhood
Attitudes to own income
Perceived to be better/worse off than at age 15 Change to better or worse Expect to be better/worse off 2 years hence Change to better or worse