Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 457–476 | Cite as

Crime and Happiness Amongst Heads of Households in Malawi

Research paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Crime Happiness Subjective wellbeing Quality of life Malawi Africa 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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