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The puzzle of falling happiness despite rising income in rural China: ten hypotheses

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With economic development can come social, attitudinal and cultural change, for good or ill or both We pose an unexplored question: why has happiness fallen in rural China whereas rural income has risen rapidly? Two rich data sets are analysed, the rural surveys of the China Household Income Project (CHIP) relating to 2002 and 2013. Our main methods are happiness regressions and decomposition methodology. Several approaches are adopted and no fewer than ten hypotheses are tested. One approach...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Economics
Oxford college:
St Edmund Hall
Role:
Author
Publisher:
University of Oxford Publisher's website
Article number:
899
Series:
Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Place of publication:
Oxford
Publication date:
2020-01-01
ISSN:
1471-0498
Paper number:
899
Language:
English
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Pubs id:
1159957
Local pid:
pubs:1159957
Deposit date:
2021-02-03

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