Relationship between Economics Attributes and Quality of Life, Malaysia
Quality of life research receives favourable attention, especially in urban areas, as the percentage of urban population increases rapidly. People are moving to urban areas with a view to improving their family quality of life and their standard of living.The adverse effect of this massive urban-rural migration, however, pays attention to responding to social, political and economic changes. Crisis in employment opportunities, public transport and other services and amenities are known as economic attributes in this study. In order to have a better quality of life, the quality of the neighbourhood is important as it can affect the satisfaction of the features of the neighbourhood. The economic attributes of the features of the neighbourhood are one of the factors that can influence the satisfaction and quality of life of the neighbourhood.The primary objective of this study is to examine the impact of economic attributes on urban quality of life. In reviewing this relationship, this study also consider the role of neighbourhood satisfaction as a mediator.Primary data was collected in seven selected areas of the Klang Valley through a survey of 500 respondents. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) was used for data analysis. The findings have shown that there is a positive relationship between the economic attributes of satisfaction in the neighbourhood and the quality of life.Partial mediation exists between economic attributes and quality of life, where the satisfaction of the neighbourhood as a mediator in this study.This study highlights that economic attributes such as adequate employment opportunities, variety of shops and modes of public transport and the efficiency of public transport are important factors in improving urban quality of life.
Keywords: economic attributes, neighbourhood satisfaction, quality of life, urban cities.