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Russell Smyth and Xiaolei Qian
''Inequality and Happiness in Urban China''
( 2008, Vol. 4 No.24 )
This note examines the relationship between inequality and happiness in urban China using a large-scale survey administered in 31 cities in September 2002. We find that those who perceive income distribution to be unequal report lower levels of happiness, although results differ between high and low income individuals. We also examine the effect of reference group income on reported happiness and find that having wealthier city-mates lowers reported happiness, controlling for own income.
Keywords: Happiness
JEL: D3 - Distribution: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 23 2008 Manuscript Accepted : Jul 23 2008

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