Social Indicators Research

, Volume 108, Issue 3, pp 509–524 | Cite as

Globally Happy: Individual Globalization, Expanded Capacities, and Subjective Wellbeing

  • Ming-Chang TsaiEmail author
  • Heng-Hao Chang
  • Wan-chi Chen


Deep integration of Asia into the global society necessarily affects wellbeing of local populations. This study proposes a notion of “extend capacities” to explain the relationships between individual globalization and subjective wellbeing among Asian populations in a context of increasing global integration. Using Amartya Sen’s theory of human capacities as a point of departure, we advance a distinctive list of expanded capacities, which includes English ability, global exposure and foreign contacts via jobs. Empirical findings from our multilevel analysis of a large sample from 14 Asian countries show the consistent impact of mastering a global lingua franca on job satisfaction, perceived life accomplishment, and happiness. Global exposure also generates some favorable influences.


Happiness Asia Globalization Capacities theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational Taipei UniversitySansia, New Taipei CityTaiwan

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