Appleton & Song (2008): study CN 2002


Appleton, S.M.; Song, L.
Life Satisfaction in Urban China: Components and Determinants.
World Development, 2008, Vol. 36, 2325 - 2340


Adults, general public, urban areas, China, 2002
Survey name:
CN-CHIP 2002
Probability multi-stage random
N = 6977
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question

Considering all aspects of your life, how satisfied are you?
1  very dissatisfied
2  not satisfied
3  not so satisfied
4  satisfied
5  very satisfied
Author's label:
satisfaction with all aspects of life
Page in publication:
Observed distribution
1: 3.31%,   2: 11.55%,   3: 42.1%,   4: 38.89%,   5: 1.03%   (total 96.88%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
3.24 6.08
0.80 2.21

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Satisfaction with income Satisfaction with relative income Satisfaction with occupation and social status Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with career
Attitudes to current occupation
Satisfaction with socio-economic status Satisfaction with own status Satisfaction with opportunities and social mobility Satisfaction with promotion-chances
Satisfaction with work itself
Satisfaction with aspects of work
Satisfaction with opportunities for training
Satisfaction with welfare provision Satisfaction with welfare provision for the elderly in nation
Satisfaction with travel mode
Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with local transport
Satisfaction with government policies and environment Satisfaction with government in nation
Satisfaction with transportation opportunities in nation
Satisfaction with natural environment
Satisfaction with price levels in nation
Satisfaction with social connections Satisfaction with personal contacts
Satisfaction with quality of personal contacts
Satisfaction with marriage
Satisfaction with characteristics of spouse Own attitudes to spouse Experienced a fall in HH income Change in income level Household income per capita (log) Household income Currently unemployed Unemployed involuntary Age Current age (in years) Male Sex (male vs female) Single (never married) Married vs never married Divorced Married vs divorced Widow/widower Married vs widowed Amiable personality Sociable
Perceived popularity
Dependent children/parents People supported Belief in religious tolerance Attitudes to religion Self-reported health status Self-perceived health Medical insurance coverage Insurances Occupation Kind of occupation (profession) Hukou location Earlier residence
Change in residence
Ever moved or not
Rural vs urban dwelling
Region in China
Political factors Political participation Party membership Membership of political organizations Summed effects Life-appraisals