Findings on happiness in Gao & Meng (2015): study CN 1998

Publication
Author(s)Gao, S.; Meng, X.
TitleThe Impact of Government Size on Chinese Elders' Life Satisfaction: 1998-2008
SourceFilomena Maggino, Ed.: "Social Indicators Research Series 57, A New Research Agenda for Impovements in Quality of Life", Springer International Publishing AG Switzerland, Swiss, 2015, 135 - 161
DOIDOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-15904-1_7
Investigation
Public65+ aged, China, followed 10 years, 1998-2008
Collect period1998-2008
Last assesment2008
 T1:1998; T2:2000; T3:2002; T4:2005; T5:2008.
Survey nameCN-Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity
 waves 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 70.000 interviews.
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Deceased respondents were replaced by new participants.
Respondents N =50674
 6,773 individuals in T1, 8,210 in T2, 12,103 in T3, 11,693 in T4, 11,895 in T5.
Non Responsenot reported
 N = 50674 actual observations.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 N = observarions, not respondents! Many (most?) respondents participated 5 times!
General remarksHigh economic development.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you rate your life at present? 1 bad or very bad 2 fair 3 good 4 very good
ClassificationO-QOL-c-sq-v-4-b
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication138
Remarks T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 %, All 1998 2000 2002 2005 2008 1: 5.02 2,62 3,83 5,82 5,77 5,65 2. 30.29 21,92 27.00 32.63 32.40 32.83 3. 47.83 55.39 46.55 46.50 46.31 47.31 4. 16.86 20.07 22.61 15.05 15.52 14.22 Mean 2,93 2,88 2,71 2,72 2,70 SD 0,72 0,80 0,79 0,80 0,78 Mean all waves aggregated: 2,77; SD: 0,79 High level of economic growth in this period.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean2.77
Standard deviation0.79

Scores in1234
%5.030.347.816.9

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Finding
Subject description
ADL-score (Physical limitations)H14ac01Degree of restriction
Age (groups)A04abCurrent age (in years)
Capital Formation RateR04aa02aEconomic growth/decline in region
Chronic conditions scoreH14ab02dChronic illness
EducationE01ab02Level of school-education
Etnicity (Han = 1)E04ab03eEthnic status in China
Frequency visits by child or siblingS06abCurrent contacts
Government medical expensesR04ab03bRegional Welfare Effort
Government SizeR07ab03Size of regional government
Household incomeI01ab03Household income
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersH20abCurrent household-composition
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersI02abCurrent living in an institution or not, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersH20acHousehold members, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersH20ab01Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersH20ab02Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersH20ab03Number of persons in household, also classified as above ↑
MaleG01aaSex (male vs female)
Previous HappinessH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Real GDP per capitaR04ab01bGDP in region
Urban (residence)H22abCurrent dwelling
Urban (residence)L14ab02bRural vs urban dwelling, also classified as above ↑
White Collar (= 1)O01aa01Earlier occupation