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Social Indicators Research

, Volume 78, Issue 3, pp 405–428 | Cite as

Subjective Well-Being, Societal Condition and Social Policy – The Case Study of a Rich Chinese Society

  • Chack Kie WongEmail author
  • Ka Ying Wong
  • Bong Ho Mok
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Abstract

The article looks at whether or not social policy and other societal-condition variables contribute to the subjective well-being of life satisfaction. It firstly argues that social policy needs to pay more attention to the study of subjective well-being. Then, it reviews the literature and finds that people in rich societies generally have higher levels of life satisfaction. But the findings of a social survey on the level of and variance in life satisfaction in a rich Chinese society reveal the contrary. The empirical data reflects a life satisfaction pattern along strong income and class lines. It also confirms that social policy and other societal-condition variables have different degrees of impact on life satisfaction. At last, implications of the findings for social policy are discussed.

Key words

attitude study life satisfaction social policy subjective well-being welfare indicators 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Work DepartmentThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, NTHong Kong

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