Subjective Well-Being of the Post-1980s Generation in Hong Kong: Implications for Social and Political Stability

  • Chung-Yan IpEmail author
  • Xiao-Gang Wu
Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 2)


The young post-1980s generation in Hong Kong has been a focus of attention in the mass media because of their radical behavior and the difficulties they face in their lives. Although results from analyses with population census data have revealed the worse-off socioeconomic situations encountered by the young post-1980s generation, a full understanding of their subjective well-being has yet to be obtained. Considering the fact that subjective well-being is part of the quality of life, in this chapter, we attempt to examine the life satisfaction of the post-1980s generation in Hong Kong. Based on the data from a territory-wide representative survey in 2007, we find that individuals from the post-1980s generation in Hong Kong are significantly less happy or have a lower level of subjective well-being, after controlling for other sociodemographic features, their evaluation of the local government, and their normative judgment of fairness and opportunity.


Life Satisfaction Income Inequality Birth Cohort Domain Satisfaction Political Trust 
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We are grateful for the comments and suggestions from anonymous reviewers and the financial support from the Research Grants Council via a Strategic Public Policy Research Fund (HKUST6001-SPPR-08) and an internal Research Project Competition from HKUST (RPC10HSS04).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific StudiesThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.Center for Applied Social and Economic ResearchThe Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyKowloonHong Kong SAR

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