Trust, social networks and subjective wellbeing in China

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill, Vinod Mishra

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Using data from the World Values Survey, this study examines the associations among trust, social networks and subjective wellbeing in China. We address the endogenous nature of trust and social networks, and examine how these elements of social capital affect subjective wellbeing. We also explore the interplay between trust and social networks. Existing literature suggests that trust and social networks positively impact wellbeing, with one strand of the literature suggesting that in developed countries social capital is a stronger determinant of wellbeing than income. However, we find that this is not the case for China (a developing country) where the effects of trust and social networks on wellbeing are found to be relatively weaker compared to the effect of income.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-339
Number of pages27
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • China
  • Social capital
  • Social networks
  • Trust
  • Wellbeing

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