Quality of life in Hong Kong: The CUHK Hong Kong quality of life index

Ying Keung Chan, Cheuk Chiu Andy Kwan, Tan Lei Daniel Shek

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The CUHK Hong Kong Quality of Life Index, which aims to assess and monitor the quality of life in Hong Kong, is a composite index incorporating both objective and subjective measures. This index, developed by the Faculty of Social Science of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, employs data collected in representative sample surveys and official statistics. A wide range of life domains is covered and the year 2002 is taken as the base year of the study. Index scores demonstrate that in general the quality of life in Hong Kong has improved slightly in 2003; scores of the composite index and the three sub-indices on sectorial performance are somewhat higher than those of the previous year. It is noteworthy that Hong Kong has made noticeable progress and performs as well as many economically advanced societies in certain life domains; yet, the well-being of the people relies on further improvement in others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-289
Number of pages31
JournalSocial Indicators Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Life domains
  • Life satisfaction
  • Quality of life
  • Social development
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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