The China Puzzle: Falling Happiness in a Rising Economy

@article{Brockmann2008TheCP,
  title={The China Puzzle: Falling Happiness in a Rising Economy},
  author={H. Brockmann and J. Delhey and C. Welzel and Hao Yuan},
  journal={Journal of Happiness Studies},
  year={2008},
  volume={10},
  pages={387-405}
}
Over the 1990–2000 decade happiness in China plummeted despite massive improvement in material living standards. This finding contradicts the notion that income growth at low living standards leads to gains, not losses, in happiness. We explain this puzzle by drawing on a specific version of relative deprivation theory, the concept of “frustrated achievers.” Our major finding is that income inequality in China became increasingly skewed towards the upper income strata, so that related to the… Expand
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