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Knight & Gunatilaka (2009): study CN 2003

Publication

Author(s):
Knight, J.B.; Gunatilaka, R.
Title:
Income, Aspirations and the hedonic Treadmill in a poor Society.
Source:
Department of Economic Discussion Paper Series ref. 468, 2009, Unversity of Oxford, Uk

Investigation

Public:
Adult general public, rural areas, China, 2003
Survey name:
CN-National Household Survey China
Sample:
Selection from general population sample
Respondents:
N = 9500
Non Response:
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

How happy are you with life in general?
5  very happy
4  fairly happy
3  so-so
2  unhappy
1  very unhappy
Classification:
O-HL-g-sq-v-5-e
Author's label:
Happiness
Remarks:
N=8996. Reported mean happiness=2.7?
Page in publication:
9, 21
Observed distribution
Frequencies
1: 0.9%,   2: 7.9%,   3: 28.9%,   4: 46.5%,   5: 15.8%   (total 100%)
Summary Statistics
On original range 1 - 5 On range 0-10
Mean:
3.68 6.16
SD:
0.86 1.80

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Net financial assets (1000 Yuan) Savings Log per capita household income (1000 yuan) Household income Log of per capita income needed Sufficiency of current income