Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 457–476

Crime and Happiness Amongst Heads of Households in Malawi

Research paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10902-009-9152-7

Cite this article as:
Davies, S. & Hinks, T. J Happiness Stud (2010) 11: 457. doi: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.


Crime Happiness Subjective wellbeing Quality of life Malawi Africa 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and International DevelopmentUniversity of BathBathUK

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