Findings on happiness in Knight & Gunatilaka (2009): study CN 2003

Author(s)Knight, J.B.; Gunatilaka, R.
TitleIncome, Aspirations and the hedonic Treadmill in a poor Society.
SourceDepartment of Economic Discussion Paper Series ref. 468, 2009, Unversity of Oxford, Uk
PublicAdult general public, rural areas, China, 2003
 Age range of respondents not reported.
Survey nameCN-National Household Survey China
SampleSelection from general population sample
 The sample covers 22 provinces; within each province are on average 5.5 counties sampled; within each county are on average 7.9 villages sampled
Respondents N =9500
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport 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
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication9, 21
RemarksN=8996. Reported mean happiness=2.7?
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 5On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation0.861.80

Scores in12345

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Log of per capita income neededI01acSufficiency of current income
Log per capita household income (1000 yuan)I01ab03Household income
Net financial assets (1000 Yuan)P12ab05Savings