Transport poverty and subjective wellbeing

Awaworyi Churchill, S and Smyth, R 2019, 'Transport poverty and subjective wellbeing', Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, vol. 124, pp. 40-54.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Transport poverty and subjective wellbeing
Author(s) Awaworyi Churchill, S
Smyth, R
Year 2019
Journal name Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Volume number 124
Start page 40
End page 54
Total pages 15
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract Using 12 waves of longitudinal data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey, we examine the relationship between transport poverty and subjective wellbeing. To measure transport poverty, we use indicators that reflect transport affordability and accessibility. Our preferred two-stage least squares (2SLS) estimates, which instrument for transport poverty using NYSE Arca Oil Stock Prices and OPEC oil supply (in millions of barrels), suggest that a standard deviation increase in transport poverty is associated with a decline in subjective wellbeing between 0.318 and 0.544 standard deviations. This general finding is robust to alternative ways of measuring transport poverty, alternative estimation approaches, alternative approaches to addressing endogeneity of transport poverty, and holds irrespective of whether subjective wellbeing is measured using the single-item overall life satisfaction scale or composite scales such as the Mental Health Inventory (MHI-5) scale or the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10).
Subject Welfare Economics
Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Transport poverty
Subjective wellbeing
Life satisfaction
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.tra.2019.03.004
Copyright notice © 2019 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN 0965-8564
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