Life Satisfaction in Urban China: Components and Determinants

29 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Lina Song

Nottingham University Business School

Simon Appleton

University of Nottingham - School of Economics

Abstract

Survey data from urban China in 2002 show levels of life satisfaction to be low, but not exceptionally so, by international comparison. Many of the determinants of life satisfaction in urban China appear comparable to those for people in other countries. These include, inter alia, unemployment, income, marriage, sex, health and age. Communist Party membership and political participation raise life satisfaction. People appear fairly satisfied with economic growth and low inflation, and this contributes to their overall life satisfaction. There is dissatisfaction over pollution, but this - like job insecurity - does not appear to impact on life satisfaction.

Keywords: life satisfaction, happiness, economic growth, unemployment, China

JEL Classification: I31, I38, J18, D63

Suggested Citation

Song, Lina and Appleton, Simon, Life Satisfaction in Urban China: Components and Determinants. IZA Working Paper No. 3443, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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