Findings on happiness in Hinks & Davies (2008): study MW 2004

Author(s)Hinks, T.; Davies, S.
TitleLife Satisfaction in Malawi and the Importance of Relative Consumption, Polygamy and Religion.
SourceJournal of International Development, 2008, Vol. 20, 888 - 904
PublicHousehold heads, Malawai 2004-2005
Collect period2004/3
Last assesment2005
Last collect period2005/3
 There were 2 enumeration areas which were completed on April 6, 2005
Survey nameUnnamed study
 Integrated Household Survey 2 (IHS 2), executed by the National Statistical Office of Malawi
SampleProbability multi-stage random
 First stage: Random selection of Enumeration Areas (EAs), using Excell Second stage: Random selection of 20 households in each EA.
Respondents N =11272
 the size of the sample was investigated based on the distribution of the household welfare indicator from the IHS-1 poverty analysis
Non ResponseNot available
 Reluctant households were replaced, using the same sampling method
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport 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')
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication893
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.202.68

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
ageA04abCurrent age (in years)
attacked in last 12 monthsV06aa02Change: recently victimized
attacked in last 12 monthsV06ab02Victim of crime, also classified as above ↑
Christian/Islam/Traditional/OthersR12acCurrent religious denomination
Christian/Islam/Traditional/OthersR12ab01Religious (vs not), also classified as above ↑
education levelE01ab02Level of school-education
household assetsP12abCurrent possessions
household assetsP12ab01Total wealth, also classified as above ↑
male/femaleG01aaSex (male vs female)
marriage/separated/widowedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
marriage/separated/widowedM02ab01cVs separated, also classified as above ↑
marriage/separated/widowedM02ab01aVs widowed, also classified as above ↑
mean community consumptionL12ab05aConsumption in vinicity
neighbours' subjective wealthL12ab05cIncome level in vinicity
per capita consumptionC10ab02aAbsolute level
polygamyM03ab03aPolygamous marriage (vs monogamous)
poor/ultra-poorI01ac01`objective` poverty
relative consumptionC10ab02bRelative level to others
reported feeling unsafeW07ab02Specific worries
salaried employment/self employmentE02abCurrent employment status
salaried employment/self employmentE02ae03Self employed, also classified as above ↑
urban/ruralL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling