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Relative Income and Life Satisfaction among Chinese Adults

Chenghua Guan (), Yingjie Qiu () and Ruopeng An ()
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Chenghua Guan: School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
Yingjie Qiu: School of Economics and Resource Management, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
Ruopeng An: Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, MO 63130, USA

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 20, 1-12

Abstract: Life satisfaction is a key component of people’s subjective well-being. This study assessed the relationship between relative income and life satisfaction among Chinese adults, using data from a cross-sectional survey. Individual-level data (N = 1369) came from the 2016 China Genuine Progress indicator Survey (CGPiS) conducted in Beijing and Chengdu, China. Ordered logistic regressions were performed to examine the relationship between relative income and life satisfaction among CGPiS adult respondents. Respondents’ life satisfaction was positively associated with relative income in comparison to their relatives and friends but not associated with relative income in comparison to their residing community and city. Subgroup analyses replicated the findings among male respondents and respondents with good or excellent self-rated health. In contrast, female respondents’ life satisfaction was positively associated with relative income in comparison to their city of residence, but not associated with relative income in comparison to their relatives, friends, and residing community. Life satisfaction among those with poor or fair self-rated health was not associated with any of the four dimensions of relative income. Relative income in comparison to relatives and friends was positively associated with life satisfaction in Chinese adults. Future studies adopting a longitudinal or experimental design are warranted to replicate the findings.

Keywords: relative income; life satisfaction; subjective well-being; Chinese (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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