Happiness and job satisfaction in urban China

A comparative study of two generations of migrants and urban locals

Zhiming Cheng*, Haining Wang, Russell Smyth

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Abstract

This study investigates determinants of happiness and job satisfaction of urban locals, first-generation migrants and new-generation migrants in China’s urban workforce. We present evidence to suggest that new-generation migrants are less satisfied with their jobs and lives than first-generation migrants, despite having higher income. This finding is consistent with aspirations rising faster than income in China’s fast-growing urban economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2160-2184
Number of pages25
JournalUrban Studies
Volume51
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2014

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