Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi


Davies, S. and Hinks, T., 2010. Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi. Journal of Happiness Studies, 11 (4), pp. 457-476.

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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.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsDavies, S.and Hinks, T.
Uncontrolled Keywordssubjective wellbeing, crime, africa, happiness, malawi, quality of life
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Economics
ID Code20137


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