Are Poor People Less Happy? Findings from Melanesia

Feeny, S, McDonald, L and Posso, A 2014, 'Are Poor People Less Happy? Findings from Melanesia', World Development, vol. 64, pp. 448-459.


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Title Are Poor People Less Happy? Findings from Melanesia
Author(s) Feeny, S
McDonald, L
Posso, A
Year 2014
Journal name World Development
Volume number 64
Start page 448
End page 459
Total pages 12
Publisher Pergamon-Elsevier Science
Abstract Measures of happiness are increasingly being used to inform development policy. This is particularly true in Melanesia where linkages between income and life satisfaction can be weak due to the dominance of semi-subsistence lifestyles. This paper examines the happiness of households in two Melanesian countries: Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The focus is on whether the poor are less happy. Findings indicate that wealth, increases in earnings, relative wealth, employment, and living on communally owned land are positively associated with happiness. Household size and food insecurity have a negative association. There is also strong support for poor households being less happy.
Subject Economic Development and Growth
Keyword(s) Happiness
Melanesia
Poverty
Solomon Islands
Vanuatu
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.06.022
Copyright notice © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN 0305-750X
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