Findings on happiness in Wang et al. (2013): study CN 2008

Author(s)Wang, H.; Cheng, Z.; Smyth, R.
TitleHappiness and Job Satisfaction in Urban China: A Comparative Study of Two Generations of Migrants and Urban Locals.
SourceDiscussion Paper No. 08-13, 2013, Monash University, Department of Economics, USA
Public19+ aged, general public, China, 2008
Survey nameCN-GSS
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =5395
 including 2.213 first-generation immigrants, 444 new-generation immigrants, and 2.738 urban households.
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question Generally speaking, how do you personally feel about your life? 1 very unhappy 2 unhappy 3 so-so 4 happy 5 very happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication2
RemarksOwn computation
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Age and age squaredA04abCurrent age (in years)
Change of social classS09aa02Change in socio-economic status
Divorced (vs married)M02aa03Married vs divorced
GenderG01aaSex (male vs female)
Having childrenC03aa01Ever had children (vs not)
Having childrenH20ab02Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Health statusH14ab02Self-perceived health
Hourly incomeI01ab01Personal income
Job satisfactionW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Living spaceH22ab03eSurface of house
MigrantsM09aa01aEver moved or not
MigrantsM09aa01cTime since last move, also classified as above ↑
Region in ChinaR01ab07Region in China
Single (vs married)M02aa01Married vs never married
Social networkF06abCurrent number of friends
Years of educationE01ab01Years schooling