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Happiness and childbearing across Europe

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Publication date

2012

Summary

Using happiness as a well-being measure and comparative data from the European social survey we focus in this paper on the link between happiness and childbearing across European countries. The analysis motivates from the recent lows in fertility in many European countries and that economic wellbeing measures are problematic when considering childbearing. We find significant country differences, though the direct association between happiness and childbearing is modest. However, partnership status plays an important role for both men and women. Working fathers are always happier, whereas working mothers are not, though mothers’ happiness tends to increase with household income.

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Social Indicators Research

Volume and page numbers

108 , 65 -86

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-011-9866-x

ISSN

16

Subjects

Childbearing: Fertility and Well Being

Notes

Not held in Res Lib - bibliographic reference only

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