Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi

Simon Davies, T Hinks

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-476
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


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


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