Knight & Gunatilaka (2011): study CN 2002


Knight, J.B.; Gunatilaka, R.
Does Economic Growth Raise Happiness in China?
Oxford Development Studies, 2011, Vol. 39, 1 - 24


Adults, China, 2002
Survey name:
CN-CHIP 2002
Selection from general population sample
N = 8872
Non Response:
Interview: face-to-face

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question:

On the whole, do you feel happy nowadays?
0  very unhappy
1  unhappy
2  so-so
3  happy
4  very happy
Author's label:
Unweighed mean computed by WDH-team from mean urban happiness (M=2,48) and mean rural happiness (M=2,68). Rural-urban migrants: M=2.37
Page in publication:
Observed distribution
1: 0%,   2: 0%,   3: 0%,   4: 0%,   5: 0%
Summary Statistics
On original range 0 - 4 On range 0-10

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Gender Sex (male vs female) Age and age squared Current age (in years) Married Married state (compared to non-married states) Divorced Divorced or separated Widowed Widowed In good health Self-perceived health Log of per capita household income Household income Net wealth ('000 yuan) Total wealth Working hours ('00 per year) Hours work Extent of fairness, income distribution of China Attitudes to economy in the nation Extent of fairness income distribution in the city Attitudes to economic conditions in vinicity Living standard in the city Material standard of living
Income level in vinicity
Expected change income over next 5 years Change in income Average p.c. income in province/ in city (log) Average income in region Unemployed Unemployed involuntary Self-perceived social problems Current attitudes to nation Profit or loss of enterprise Business assets Laid off work sometime in 2002 WORK: CONDITIONS Household income compared to village average Relative to income in neighborhood
Income comparisons
Income expectations
Current living standards compared to 5 years ago Change in income Gini of household income p.c. at county level Income inequality in region
Income inequality in nation
Degree of harmony among lineages Family climate
Perceived quality of intimate ties
Degree of harmony in village Current livability of local environment Agree that money is important Materialisic values Importance of family Attitudes to family-life Importance of friends Attitudes to friendship Living with family members Current household-composition Number of relatives and friends in city Total number of intimate ties Child still in village Recent change in family situation No heating Utilities Satisfaction with job Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole Index of discrimination Perceived discrimination in nation Easyness of finding a job Looking for another job Duration of urban residence in years Length of residence