Findings on happiness in Knight & Gunatilaka (2014): study CN 2002

Author(s)Knight, J.B.; Gunatilaka, R.
TitleSubjective Well-being and Social Evaluation in a Poor Country.
SourceCSAE Working Paper, 2014, No.9, Oxford, UK
Public18+ aged, general public, China, 2002
 urban and rural population
Collect period2002
 urban vs rural
Survey nameCH-SHP 2002
 China Household Income Project (CHIP) Cross section national households, 2002
SampleProbability area sample
 Rural: 10 households in each village
Respondents N =11228
 5805 urban, 5423 rural
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How happy do you feel about your life as a whole these days? 5 very happy 4 happy 3 so-so 2 not happy 1 not at all happy
Author's labelSubejective well-being
Page in publication8
Remarksurban mean: 2,5 rural mean: 2,7
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)
Currently laid offE02ab03Unemployed involuntary
divorcedM02ab02aVs divorced
eduaction in yearsE01ab01Years schooling
genderG01aaSex (male vs female)
house area per capitaH22ab03bQuality of housing estate
house of permanent materialH22ab03bQuality of housing estate
in good healthH14abCurrent general health status
log net wealthI01ab03bdisposable income
log of per capita incomeI01ab03Household income
marriedM02aaMarried state (compared to non-married states)
urban vs ruralL17abCurrent characteristics of local society
urban vs ruralL13ab02bRural vs urban dwelling, also classified as above ↑