The OIA's Michaelmas Term 2010 Seminar Series on the Economics of Ageing have hosted a closing lecture by Dr. Winnie Yip from the Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, who has presented a talk entitled: Wellbeing in Rural China: A Study Using the Day Reconstruction Method.
Rapid economic development and population movements have led to major economic and social transformations in the rural areas of China. These changes could have significant impact on the life and wellbeing of the left-behind rural population. Using baseline data from a longitudinal study that aims to track changes in income, social network/capital and inter-generational transfer, we present preliminary analyses of data collected using the Day Reconstruction Method for measuring wellbeing. Preliminary findings show that the poorest quintile reported lower levels of affect and lower levels of life satisfaction, but, unlike some other studies, we did not find a stronger relationship of wealth with life satisfaction than with affect.