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Correlational findings

Study Akee et al. (2018): study CN 2008

Public:
18 to 60 age, working age urban population, China, 2008
Survey name:
CN-China General Social Survey
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1486
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Fell unemployed in 2008
Our Classification
Remarks
Mostly fired because of new Labour Protection law which gave tenure to employees who worked at least 10 year for the same firm. For this reason many employers fired employees before that 10 year term. Excluded: self employed and agricultural workers
Distribution
N = 1:60, 0:1432
Related specification variables
Operationalization
1: Fired in 2008 not yet found a new job
0: Still employed in 2008

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-HL-g-sq-v-5-ja DM = - Fired in 2008    M = 3,62 SD = 1,03
Still employed   M = 3,89 SD = 0.85
- difference        -0,27
O-HL-g-sq-v-5-ja b = -.26 p < .10 O-HL-g-sq-v-5-ja b-iv = -2.0 p < .05 O-HL-g-sq-v-5-ja PRC = +/- Marginal effects in instrumental variable ordered probit analysis
- very unhappy +.09 (ns)
- unhappy      +.21 (10)
- so-so        +.14 (05)
- happy        -.01 (ns)
- very happy   -.70 (05)

Coefficients controled for:
- Gender
- Age
- Education
- Living situation
  - married
  - household size
  - number of children below age 18
  - house owner
- Social position in China
  - hukou status
  - party member
- Employment situation
  - work in state owned enteroprise
  - tenure
- cohort and year fixed effects

More negative among males (than females)
Strongly negative among educated, unrelated among low educated