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Happy People Have Children: Choice and Self-Selection into Parenthood

Cetre, Sophie, Clark, Andrew E., Senik, Claudia (2016) Happy People Have Children: Choice and Self-Selection into Parenthood. European Journal of Population, 32 (3). pp. 445-473. ISSN 0168-6577. (doi:10.1007/s10680-016-9389-x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

There is mixed evidence in the existing literature on whether children are associated with greater subjective well-being, with the correlation depending on which countries and populations are considered. We here provide a systematic analysis of this question based on three different datasets: two cross-national and one national panel. We show that the association between children and subjective well-being is positive only in developed countries, and for those who become parents after the age of 30 and who have higher income. We also provide evidence of a positive selection into parenthood, whereby happier individuals are more likely to have children.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10680-016-9389-x
Uncontrolled keywords: fertility; income; parental care; psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Andrew Clark
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 10:31 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 08:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69178 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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