Social Indicators Research

, Volume 115, Issue 3, pp 1071–1085 | Cite as

Factors that Influence the Life Satisfaction of Women Living in the Northern Cyprus

  • Ozge GokdemirEmail author
  • Emine Tahsin


The main aim of this paper is to evaluate the life satisfaction among women living in the Northern Cyprus by focusing on socio-economic and gender related factors. Within this context, we aim to analyze the influence of socio-personal characteristics of Northern Cypriot women in regard to life satisfaction. To fulfill these objectives, a questionnaire survey has been applied to 510 women living in the major cities of Northern Cyprus. Applying an ordered logit model, this paper examines the role of several factors such as normal and social reference income, employment, and savings, health, and education, participation in the household expenditures, being a full-time housewife, domestic violence, political preferences, and perception of government performance on life satisfaction. The results demonstrate that good health, high education, high income, saving, high household income has positive effects on life satisfaction whereas domestic violence, being a full-time housewife, unemployment and social reference income has negative effects on life satisfaction.


Life satisfaction Women in Northern Cyprus Turkish Cypriots Ordered logit model 



The authors would like to thank Istanbul University Research Project Department (BAP) for funding and Muharrem Faiz, director of Cyprus Social Research (KADEM) for applying this survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics, Faculty of EconomicsIstanbul UniversityBeyazit, Eminonu, IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Economics (AE1)Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute for the Study of the AmericasUniversity of London School of Advanced StudiesLondonUK

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