Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Debts

StudyBorooah (2006): study GB Northern Ireland 2002
TitleWhat Makes People Happy? Some Evidence from Northern Ireland.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2005, Vol. 7, 427 - 465
PublicAdult general public, Northern Ireland, 2002
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =3039

Author's labelOwner-occupier: no mortgage and mortgage
Page in Source 440-441
Our classificationDebts
Having no-mortgages
Having mortgages

Exact operationalization is not reported by the authors

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-HP-cm-sq-v-6-bOLRC=-.10 ns
Marginal probability of being happy (z-score): 
2.3% (5.4%)
O-HP-cm-sq-v-6-bOLRC=+.16 ns
Marginal probability of being happy (z-score): 
-3.6% (9.1%)

OLRC controled for:
- gender
- age
- income
- marital status
- employment status
- educational attainment
- mortgages
- being a parent
- public sector tenant
- health status
- religion
- redidential area (village/small town/ big town)

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-cm-sq-v-6-bSelfreport on single question:

How did you feel during the last month? . Were you a happy person?
6: all the time
5: most of the time
4: a good bit of the time
3: some of the time
2: a little of the time
1: none of the time

Last item in a series of questions on self and life

Appendix 2: Statistics used
OLRCOLRC: Regression coefficient in ordered categorical logistic regression.
Only the sign of the computed coefficient is informative.

Happiness is an ordered categorical variable. Higher categories correspond to being happier.

OLRC < 0 indicates that the odds of being beyond a chosen happiness category-to- be-ing at or below that category decreases when

1) the corresponding metric correlate increases
2) the corresponding category of a categorical correlate is compared to the reference category.

OLRC > 0 indicates an increase in the odds for both the above cases.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.