WEAI’s Professor Qin Gao has published an article with Beijing Normal University’s Professor Huawei Han in the Journal of Happiness Studies. The article, titled “Does Welfare Participation Improve Life Satisfaction? Evidence from Panel Data in Rural China” uses recent national longitudinal survey data from the China Family Panel Studies in 2012 and 2014 and a combination of propensity score matching and difference-in-differences methods to examine the association between China’s rural Dibao program participation and recipients’ life satisfaction, and explore how perceived social status and confidence about future might mediate this relationship.
Professors Han and Gao found “robust positive effect of rural Dibao participation on recipients’ life satisfaction and persistent mediation effects of both perceived social status and confidence about future in this relationship in the full sample.”
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