The Pre-and Post- 1997 Well-Being of Hong Kong Residents

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Social Indicators Research, 2005, 71 (1-3), pp. 231 - 258
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Since July 1997, Hong Kong has become a Special Admistrative Region (SAR) under the sovreignty of China. This paper compares the social well-being of Hong Kong residents before and after the change of sovreignty by analysing six sets of survey data collected between 1990 and 2001. These are six biennial territory wide Social Indicator Surveys conducted to collect subjective assessments of well-being of hongKong residents. Anaysis of the survey data which are typically categorised subjective evaluations has to deal with the commonly encountered problems of 'direct quantification' (Schuesslet and Fisher, 1985) and 'incomplete data' (Little R.J.A and Rubin D.B. 2002, Statistical Analysis with Missing data, Wiley Interscience, New Jersey). The problems are handled by applying 'optimal scaling' and 'hot-deck imputation' as recommended by Shen S.M. and Lai Y.L. (2001, Social Indicators Research 55, p. 121-166). Different life domain measures as well as compound measures in the form of indices are studies. The data analysis indicates that the residents of Hong Kong were most satisfied in 1997 and leadt satisfied in 1995. It reveals that the sovreignty change had major impact on many life domains of the perople of Hong Kong and the effect was compounded by the economic situation of the territory.
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