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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 Available from:

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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.

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Additional Information:The original publication is available at
Uncontrolled Keywords:crime, happiness, subjective wellbeing, quality of life, Malawi, Africa
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
ID Code:11605
Deposited By: Dr T. Hinks
Deposited On:15 Nov 2010 15:08
Last Modified:16 Nov 2016 11:19

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