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Gao & Meng (2015): study CN 1998

Publication

Author(s):
Gao, S.; Meng, X.
Title:
The Impact of Government Size on Chinese Elders' Life Satisfaction: 1998-2008
Source:
Filomena 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

Investigation

Public:
65+ aged, China, followed 10 years, 1998-2008
Survey name:
CN-Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity
Sample:
Probability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents:
N = 50674
Non Response:
not reported
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face
N = observarions, not respondents! Many (most?) respondents participated 5 times!

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How do you rate your life at present?
1  bad or very bad
2  fair
3  good
4  very good
Classification:
O-QOL-c-sq-v-4-b
Author's label:
Life satisfaction
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.
Page in publication:
138
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 5.02%,   2: 30.29%,   3: 47.83%,   4: 16.86%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 4 On range 0-10
Mean:
2.77
SD:
0.79

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Household income Household income Urban (residence) Current dwelling
Rural vs urban dwelling
Real GDP per capita GDP in region Government medical expenses Social security in region Government Size Size of government in region Capital Formation Rate Economic growth/decline in region Male Sex (male vs female) Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or others Living alone or not
Current household-composition
Living with children
Number of persons in household
Household members
Current living in an institution or not
Age (groups) Current age (in years) Etnicity (Han = 1) Ethnic status in China Education Level of school-education White Collar (= 1) Earlier occupation Frequency visits by child or sibling Current contacts Chronic conditions score Chronic illness ADL-score (Physical limitations) Degree of restriction Previous Happiness Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)