Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: House owned or rented

StudyInoguchi & Fujii (2013): study CN 2003
TitleThe Quality of Life in Asia. A Comparison of Quality of Life in Asia
SourceSpringer, 2013, Dordrecht, Netherlands
PublicWorking aged (20-69), China, 2003-2008
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =1798

Author's labelHome: ownership and type
Page in Source 105,111-112
Our classificationHouse owned or rented
Selfreport on single question: " Which category does 
your current residence fall into?"
a - owner-occupied detached or semidetached house 
b - owner-occupied terraced house or unit in an 
apartment or condominium complex
c - rented detached or semi-detached house (duplex)
d - rented terraced house or unit in an apartment or 
condominium complex
e  others (f.e. a room in a relative's home)

1- home owner
0 -rented house or other

Observed Relation with Happiness
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-mbOLRC=-.08 ns
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-mbOLRC=-.14 ns
Marrieds only
M-FH-c-sq-v-4-bOLRC=+.08 ns
M-FH-c-sq-v-4-bOLRC=+.14 ns
Marrieds only

OLRC's controlled for:
- INDIVIDUAL characteristics:
  - Satisfaction with life domains
  - Access to public services:
    - number of utilities
    - internet
    - email
    - mobile phone
  - Lifestyle characteristics:
    - frequency of praying
    - religion
    - English ability
    - living internationally
    - number of family members
    - relative standard of living
    - no right to vote
  - Socioeconomic status:
    - gender
    - marital status
    - age
    - income
    - educational attainment
- GEOGRAPHIC characteristics:
  - region
  - city size
  - county

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
M-FH-c-sq-v-4-bSelfreport on single question:

How often do you feel that you are really enjoying life these days?
4 often
3 sometimes
2 rarely
1 never
- don't know
O-HL-c-sq-v-5-mbSelfreport on single question:

All things considered, would you say you are happy these days?
5 very happy
4 quite happy
3 neither happy nor unhappy
2 not too happy
1 very unhappy

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.