Title

Happiness and job satisfaction in urban China: a comparative study of two generations of migrants and urban locals

RIS ID

90464

Publication Details

Cheng, Z., Wang, H. & Smyth, R. (2014). Happiness and job satisfaction in urban China: a comparative study of two generations of migrants and urban locals. Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban studies, 51 (10), 2160-2184.

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.

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098013506042