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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 Improvements 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 =
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:
Self report 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

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Household income Household income Urban (residence) Current housing
Rural dwelling (vs urban)
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 Current household-composition
Living alone or not
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 personal contacts Chronic conditions score Self-perceived chronic illness ADL-score (Physical limitations) Degree of restriction Previous Happiness Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)