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Research Paper University of Glasgow Department of Economics Discussion Paper Series 2009-10

Do children make us happier?

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Publication date

2009

Abstract

We investigate the e¤ects of having children at home on individual happiness. Contrary to much of the literature, we find effects that are positive, large and increasing in the number of children. These effects, however, are contingent on the individual's characteristics. Children make married people happier, but people who are separated, living as a couple or have never married and are not living as a couple are less happy with children. We also analyze the role of factors such as gender, age, income and education.

Subjects

Childbearing: Fertility and Well Being

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http://www.gla.ac.uk/departments/economics/research/discussionpapers/

Notes

discussion paper

#513085


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