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Subjective Social Status in Transitioning China: Trends and Determinants

Chen, Yunsong and Williams, Mark (2017) Subjective Social Status in Transitioning China: Trends and Determinants Social Science Quarterly, 99 (1). pp. 406-422.

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Objective: This study provides the first representative portrait of temporal trends in subjective social status (SSS) in China. SSS has been shown to be important for health and wellbeing outcomes, yet little is known how its determinants change over time. Methods: Using data from 10 nationally representative survey waves 2003 and 2012 (N=80,141), we examine descriptive and multivariate trends. Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition is used to decompose changes in determinants of SSS over time. Results and Conclusion: Results demonstrate that (1) average SSS has risen over time, yet there is an enduring tendency for the Chinese to place themselves in lowest levels in the social hierarchy; (2) objective socioeconomic variables such as income explain much of the rise in average SSS; (3) yet the strength of the relationship between socioeconomic variables predicting SSS has been weakening over time. This article adds to our understanding of the determinants of SSS in contexts undergoing transition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Surrey Business School
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Chen, Yunsong
Date : 15 March 2017
DOI : 10.1111/ssqu.12401
Copyright Disclaimer : This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: "Subjective Social Status in Transitioning China: Trends and Determinants", which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 Mar 2016 15:52
Last Modified : 20 Mar 2019 14:39

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