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Are fishers happier? An evidence from a large-scale Indonesian happiness survey Public Deposited

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  • Almost all recent empirical literatures that study the subjective wellbeing of fishers lack of relevant control as they are only based on surveys among fishers. Therefore, they cannot really answer whether being a fisher generate higher or lower life satisfaction, after controlling for other aspects of life. This study is based on Indonesian Family Life Survey (IFLS), a survey of almost 20,000 individuals which contain information of various socio-economic and employment characteristics as well as several life-satisfaction question which include their subjective happiness (generally how happy they are with the scale from 1 to 4) and their subjective position on economic ladders (5 ladders, from poorest to richest). For the economic ladders they are also ask their current and their future position from which we can infer how optimistic they are in their life. From the data, we can also identify whether an individual work as a fisher or other type of occupations within the category of self-employed without worker, self-employed with worker, unpaid family worker, and casual worker. We apply ordered-probit regressions (given the nature the life satisfaction data). We find that, after controlling income, demographics, education, health and regional characteristics, fishers in general are not happier compared to other type of jobs except those under the category of self-employed with workers and casual workers. However, we find that fishers are more optimistic in life as being a fisher is associated with positive attitude toward the change in the economic status.
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  • Seattle, Washington, USA
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