Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi
Hinks, T. (2009) Crime and happiness amongst heads of households in Malawi. Journal of Happiness Studies, 11 (4). pp. 457-476. ISSN 1389-4978
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10902-009-9152-7
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.
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