Who settles for less? Subjective dispositions, objective circumstances, and housing satisfaction

Tomaszewski, Wojtek and Perales, Francisco (2013). Who settles for less? Subjective dispositions, objective circumstances, and housing satisfaction. In: HILDA Survey Research Conference 2013 - Papers: HILDA Conference 2013 Proceedings. HILDA Survey Research Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia, (). 3-4 October 2013.

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Author Tomaszewski, Wojtek
Perales, Francisco
Title of paper Who settles for less? Subjective dispositions, objective circumstances, and housing satisfaction
Conference name HILDA Survey Research Conference 2013
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 3-4 October 2013
Proceedings title HILDA Survey Research Conference 2013 - Papers: HILDA Conference 2013 Proceedings
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Melbourne Institute for Social and Economic Research, The University of Melbourne
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISSN 2202-9923
Total pages 30
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In recent years there has been growing interest in individuals’ self-perceptions of their wellbeing on the grounds that these complement well-established objective indicators of welfare. However, individuals’ assessments depend on both objective circumstances and subjective, idiosyncratic dispositions, such as aspirations and expectations. We add to the literature by formulating a modelling strategy that uncovers how these subjective dispositions differ across socio-demographic groups. This is then tested using housing satisfaction data from a large-scale household panel survey from Australia. We find that there are significant differences in the way in which individuals with different characteristics rate the same objective reality. For instance, male, older, migrant, and Indigenous individuals rate equal housing conditions more favourably than female, younger, Australian-born, and non-Indigenous individuals. These findings have important implications for how self-reported housing satisfaction, and wellbeing data in general, are to be used to inform evidence-based policy.
Subjects 360000 Policy and Political Science
220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts - General
370100 Sociology
370105 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Keyword Wellbeing
Satisfaction
Housing
Subjective dispositions
Housing conditions
Fixed effects
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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