Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi

Simon Davies, T Hinks

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Abstract

This paper uses 2005 Malawian data to investigate the link between crime and happiness in Malawi. Detailed descriptive statistics reveal that crime is a gendered issue and econometric analyses show that males and females respond differently to different crime variables. In particular, for males being attacked has a negative impact on happiness and neighbourhood crime rates have a U-shaped effect on happiness with happiness at its lowest when 11.2% of respondents in a neighbourhood reported being a victim. For females only a subjective feeling of insecurity impacts negatively on happiness.
LanguageEnglish
Pages457-476
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatusPublished - Aug 2010

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Malawi
happiness
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crime rate
descriptive statistics
econometrics

Keywords

  • subjective wellbeing
  • crime
  • Africa
  • happiness
  • Malawi
  • quality of life

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Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi. / Davies, Simon; Hinks, T.

In: Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 11, No. 4, 08.2010, p. 457-476.

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Davies, Simon ; Hinks, T. / Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi. In: Journal of Happiness Studies. 2010 ; Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 457-476
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