The Impacts of an Early Biographical Experience on Later Subjective Well-Being: The Case of China's Cultural Revolution Cohort

Qianhan Lin, National University of Singapore

Based on the first wave of the China's General Social Survey, this paper aims to explore the impacts of an adverse biographical experience on subjective welling-being and relative deprivation of one particular cohort of Chinese urban residents whose transition to adulthood was greatly disrupted by the Cultural Revolution - the rusticates. To achieve the goal of this paper, comparisons are made not only between the rusticates and non-rusticates, but also between rusticates and preceding and succeeding cohorts when other factors are held constant.

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