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Happiness in University Education

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  • Grace Chan

    (University of Western Australia)

  • Paul W. Miller

    ()
    (University of Western Australia)

  • MoonJoong Tcha

    ()
    (University of Western Australia)

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The aim of this paper is to quantify the determinants of happiness in university students, with information drawn from a survey conducted with students at the University of Western Australia in 2003. An ordered probit model is applied. Happiness was linked to a range of factors, for instance, grades achieved, friendships developed, school facilities, opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, and lecture quality. The findings reveal that the most important influences on the levels of satisfaction of students are school work, time management and relationships formed in university.

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Article provided by Economics Network, University of Bristol in its journal International Review of Economics Education.

Volume (Year): 4 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 20-45

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Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:4:y:2005:i:1:p:20-45

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Cited by:
  1. Esa Mangeloja & Tatu Hirvonen, 2007. "What Makes University Students Happy?," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 6(2), pages 27-41.
  2. Nicholas Flores & Scott J. Savage, 2007. "Student Demand for Streaming Lecture Video: Emprical Evidence from Undergraduate Economics Classes," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 6(2), pages 57-78.
  3. Mohammad Alauddin & Clem Tisdell, 2007. "Factors That Affect Teaching Scores in Economics Instruction: Analysis of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) Data," Discussion Papers Series 353, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.

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