Spatial variations in contributors to life satisfaction: an Australian case study

Kubiszewski, Ida, Jarvis, Diane, and Zakariyya, Nabeeh (2019) Spatial variations in contributors to life satisfaction: an Australian case study. Ecological Economics, 164. 106345.

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What people consider important, and how these factors contribute to their self-reported life satisfaction (LS), varies significantly across regions. Here, we analyse for the first time how LS varies across space and what factors best explain LS at different locations. Geographically weighted regressions (GWR) were used to analyse the relationship between LS and seventeen objective variables across Australia. We find that contributors to LS vary considerably but individuals living in relative proximity to each other share similar perspectives. Taking into account the spatially explicit heterogeneity of a population allows for the assessment of federal policies at local or regional levels, increasing the likelihood that their impacts will be consistent with the original intent. It also enables the perspectives of the diversity of cultures within a nation to be better understood.

Item ID: 58763
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6106
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. The author's accepted version of this paper is available open access from June 2021 under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives international license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE150100494)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2019 02:49
FoR Codes: 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380119 Welfare economics @ 30%
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380105 Environment and resource economics @ 35%
38 ECONOMICS > 3899 Other economics > 389902 Ecological economics @ 35%
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