Findings on happiness in Gao & Meng (2015): study CN 1998

Publication
Author(s)Gao, S.; Meng, X.
TitleThe Impact of Government Size on Chinese Elders' Life Satisfaction: 1998-2008
SourceFilomena 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
DOIDOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-15904-1_7
Investigation
Public65+ aged, China, followed 10 years, 1998-2008
Collect period1998-2008
Last assesment2008
 T1:1998; T2:2000; T3:2002; T4:2005; T5:2008.
Survey nameCN-Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity
 waves 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, 70.000 interviews.
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
 Deceased respondents were replaced by new participants.
Respondents N =50674
 6,773 individuals in T1, 8,210 in T2, 12,103 in T3, 11,693 in T4, 11,895 in T5.
Non Responsenot reported
 N = 50674 actual observations.
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
 N = observarions, not respondents! Many (most?) respondents participated 5 times!
General remarksHigh economic development.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you rate your life at present? 1 bad or very bad 2 fair 3 good 4 very good
ClassificationO-QOL-c-sq-v-4-b
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Page in publication138
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.
Finding used in
nation ranks
Yes
 On original range 1 - 4On range 0 - 10
Mean2.77
Standard deviation0.79

Scores in1234
%5.030.347.816.9

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
ADL-score (Physical limitations)show  Degree of restriction
Age (groups)show  Current age (in years)
Capital Formation Rateshow  Economic growth/decline in region
Chronic conditions scoreshow  Chronic illness
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Etnicity (Han = 1)show  Ethnic status in China
Frequency visits by child or siblingshow  Current contacts
Government medical expensesshow  Social security in region
Government Sizeshow  Size of government in region
Household incomeshow  Household income
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersshow  Current household-composition
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersshow  Current living in an institution or not, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersshow  Household members, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersshow  Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersshow  Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Living arrangement, alone, with spouse, child, both, or othersshow  Number of persons in household, also classified as above ↑
Maleshow  Sex (male vs female)
Previous Happinessshow  Past happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Real GDP per capitashow  GDP in region
Urban (residence)show  Current dwelling
Urban (residence)show  Rural vs urban dwelling, also classified as above ↑
White Collar (= 1)show  Earlier occupation