The chinese general social survey (2003-8)

Yanjie Bian, Lulu Li

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The Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS), launched jointly since 2003 by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Renmin University, continued to be jointly organized by the two institutions in the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008 surveys. This article introduces the background of the first phase of the CGSS, and describes the research agenda, sample designs, and fieldwork implementation strategies. It also provides an assessment of data quality for different types of fieldwork implementation through scholarly networks, government, and survey research firms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-97
Number of pages28
JournalChinese Sociological Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

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Funding Information:
of the CGSS, financial resources for data collection and data processing were made available through an RUC 211 Project Grant and an HKUST Central Allocation Grant from the Universities Grants Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. Due to resource constraints, the CGSS was suspended in 2007 and resumed in 2008. The CGSS began to include East Asian Social Survey modules in 2006 and International Social Survey Programme modules in 2008. In this article, we describe the CGSS (1) research agenda, (2) design and strategy, and (3) survey quality as applied mostly to the initial phase of the CGSS.


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