Findings on happiness in Knight & Gunatilaka (2010): study CN 2002

Author(s)Knight, J.B.; Gunatilaka, R.
TitleGreat Expectations? The Subjective Well-Being of Rural-Urban Migrants in China.
SourceWorld Development, 2010, Vol. 38, 113 - 124
Public16+ aged rural-urban migrants, China, 2002
Survey nameCN-CHIP 2002
 Rural-Urban Migrant Household Survey.
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =1930
 Including 1784 employed migrants
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf-report on single question: Generally speaking, how happy do you feel? 4 very happy 3 happy 2 so-so 1 not happy 0 not happy at all
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication114-115
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 4On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Scores in01234

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Child still in villageC05abCurrent relation with one's children
Child still in villageC06ab03Time spend with children, also classified as above ↑
Duration of urban residenceM09aa01cTime since last move
Duration of work contractE02ae04Tenure (vs flex contracts)
EducationE01ab01Years schooling
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
HealthH14ab02Self-perceived health
House areaH22ab03eSurface of house
Income expectationsI01af03Income expectations
Index of discriminationE04ab01Ethnic discrimination in environment
Job perspectiveE02ag03Perceived chances for employment
Living in own houseH22ab01aHouse owned or rented
Living with family membersH20ab01Living alone or not
Log of average per capita income in city of current residenceR04ab01aAverage income in region
Log of average rural income in province of originR04ab01aAverage income in region
Log of per capita household incomeI01ab03Household income
Marital statusM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
Net financial assetsP12ab05Savings
Net financial assetsP12ab01Total wealth, also classified as above ↑
No heatingH22ab03aQuality of house
Number of friends and relatives in cityF03ab02Contacts with relatives
Number of friends and relatives in cityF06ad01Friends in community, also classified as above ↑
Number of friends and relatives in cityL17ab01bLocal social contacts, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with JobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
UnemployedE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
Working hoursW04ab17Work hours