Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34904
Authors: 
Song, Lina
Appleton, Simon
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3443
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.
Subjects: 
Life satisfaction
happiness
economic growth
unemployment
China
JEL: 
I31
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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