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Subjective well-being among preadolescents and their parents – Evidence of intergenerational transmission of well-being from urban China

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  • Carlsson, Fredrik
  • Lampi, Elina
  • Li, Wanxin
  • Martinsson, Peter

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This paper examines whether intergenerational transmission of happiness exists in China between preadolescents and their parents, and what factors are correlated with subjective well-being among them. We find that parents’ and their children's levels of subjective well-being are indeed significantly correlated, yet the factors that affect their well-being differ. Higher income, being a female, higher education, good health, and not being divorced result in higher well-being among the parents. Preadolescents’ well-being is instead determined by different kinds of interactions with peers and parents, where being bullied or not is one of the most important factors.

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  • Carlsson, Fredrik & Lampi, Elina & Li, Wanxin & Martinsson, Peter, 2014. "Subjective well-being among preadolescents and their parents – Evidence of intergenerational transmission of well-being from urban China," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 11-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:48:y:2014:i:c:p:11-18 DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2013.10.003
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    Keywords

    Subjective well-being; Children; Intergenerational transmission; China;

    JEL classification:

    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being

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