Subjective well-being among preadolescents and their parents - Evidence of intergenerational transmission of well-being from urban China

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  • Fredrik Carlsson
  • Elina Lampi
  • Wanxin Li
  • Peter Martinsson

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Journal / PublicationJournal of Socio-Economics
Online published26 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


This paper examines whether intergenerational transmission of happiness exists in China between preadolescents and their parents, and what factors are correlated with subjective well-being among them. We find that parents' and their children's levels of subjective well-being are indeed significantly correlated, yet the factors that affect their well-being differ. Higher income, being a female, higher education, good health, and not being divorced result in higher well-being among the parents. Preadolescents' well-being is instead determined by different kinds of interactions with peers and parents, where being bullied or not is one of the most important factors. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

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  • Children, China, D60, I31, Intergenerational transmission, Subjective well-being

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