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

Tomaszewski, Wojtek and Perales, Francisco (2014) Who settles for less? Subjective dispositions, objective circumstances, and housing satisfaction. Social Indicators Research, 118 1: 181-203. doi:10.1007/s11205-013-0420-x

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Author Tomaszewski, Wojtek
Perales, Francisco
Title Who settles for less? Subjective dispositions, objective circumstances, and housing satisfaction
Journal name Social Indicators Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0303-8300
Publication date 2014-08-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11205-013-0420-x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 118
Issue 1
Start page 181
End page 203
Total pages 23
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Wellbeing
Subjective dispositions
Housing conditions
Fixed effects
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 9 October 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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