Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Region in Albania

StudyLitchfield et al. (2012): study AL 2005
TitleAn Analysis of Life Satisfaction in Albania: An Heteroscedastic Ordered Probit Model Approach.
SourceJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, Vol. 81, 731 - 741
DOIDOI:10.1016/j.jebo.2010.12.020
PublicWorking aged (15-65), Albania, 2005
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =2923

Correlate
Author's labelLocation
Page in Source 27, 29
Our classificationRegion in Albania
Operationalization
1: urban
2: coastal
3: central
4: mountain
Observed distributionM = 1: 0.56; 2: 0.29; 3: 0.26: 4: 0.27

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-iOPRC=-.16 p < .01
urban
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-iOPRC=-.00 ns
coastal
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-iOPRC=+.10 ns
central
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-iOPRC=+.03 ns
mountain

OPRC contolled for:
- employment
- education
- illness
- religion
- marital status
- household status
- age
- gender
- lnprcons (2002 leks)
- nchildr
- nfriends
- pyramid
- livealone
- dwelling size
- land dispute
- thefts
- pop_increase
- comm_org


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-SLW-c-sq-v-4-iSelf report on single question

By bearing in mind the last 12 months, are you on the wholer satisfied or dissatisfied with your present life?
4 fully satisfied
3 rather satisfied
2 less than satisfied
1 not satisfied at all
- no answer


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
OPRCOPRC: Regression coefficient in ordered categorical probit regression.
Only the sign of the computed coefficient is informative.

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

OPRC < 0 indicates that the probability of being beyond a chosen happiness category decreases and the probability of being at or below that category increases when

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

OLRC > 0 indicates that the probability of being beyond a chosen happiness category
increases and the probablity of being 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.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl