Drivers of wellbeing inequality: inequality in life satisfaction across local authorities in Great Britain

Authors:
ABDALLAH Saamah, WHEATLEY Hanna, QUICK Annie
Publisher:
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
45
Place of publication:
London

This exploratory study explores the factors that influence wellbeing inequality at the local authority level in Great Britain, using inequality in life satisfaction as the main dependent variable. It looks at overall inequalities in life satisfaction within a local authority, independent of any other variable, such as ethnicity or income. This is calculated using four years of Annual Population Survey data for over 200 local authorities. Using multilevel modelling, the analysis finds that higher deprivation, unemployment, and rurality are associated with higher inequality in life satisfaction, whereas higher median income, female life expectancy, engagement in heritage activities and use of green space are associated with lower inequality in life satisfaction. The paper aims to provide a basis for local areas to carry out further exploration of wellbeing inequalities. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
quality of life, inequalities, wellbeing, local authorities, low income, rural areas, income, life expectancy, leisure activities, poverty;
Content type:
research
Location(s):
United Kingdom
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Authors:
ABDALLAH Saamah, WHEATLEY Hanna, QUICK Annie
Publisher:
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
Subject terms:
quality of life, inequalities, wellbeing, local authorities, low income, rural areas, income, life expectancy, leisure activities, poverty

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