Personal and neighbourhood indicators of quality of urban life : a case study of Hong Kong

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Social Indicators Research : An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement

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Subjective quality of life, Quality of life domains, Quality of urban life domains, Modelling QOL/QOUL in Hong Kong


This paper provides an overview of findings from a recent survey of quality of urban life (QOUL) in Hong Kong which focuses on: (a) individuals’ subjective assessment of their overall quality of life (QOL) and of a set of QOL life domains, and (b) their level of satisfaction for three levels of QOUL living domains: their housing, their neighbourhood, and Hong Kong as a whole. Differences between demographic and socio-economic groups are discussed. The paper also reports on preliminary results of multivariate modelling to identify factors that might explain variations in individual levels of satisfaction with their overall QOL and with the three levels of QOUL living domains. The Hong Kong survey of QOUL is compared to those of Brisbane and of the greater Detroit region to highlight differences between urban regions in the east and west. The results show that Hong Kong is still lagging far behind the two western regions in most aspects of the QOL life domains and the three QOUL living domains. The comparisons have implied that the differences between these urban regions are beyond east-west influence in the perception of quality of life and more attributable to disparities in urban environments.



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This paper is based on research financed through Grant #746412 from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. {746412}

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Low, C.-T., Stimson, R., Chen, S., Cerin, E., Wong, P. P.-Y., & Lai, P.-C. (2017). Personal and neighbourhood indicators of quality of urban life: A case study of Hong Kong. Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11205-017-1579-3