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The role of socio-demographic factors on self-rated happiness: The case of Malaysia

Cheah, Yong Kang and Tang, Chor Foon (2011): The role of socio-demographic factors on self-rated happiness: The case of Malaysia.

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Abstract

This study examines the role of socio-demographic determinants on individual’s level of happiness. Primary survey data on Penang, Malaysia is used for analysis. Based on the findings, being married and Malay are associated with higher probability of feeling very happy or happy. Nevertheless, individuals who suffer from chronic diseases are more likely to have unhappy or very unhappy feelings. The rest of the factors such as income, education, age, gender, and employment status are found to have insignificant effects on happiness. Several policy implications can be recommended based on the outcomes.

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