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Does marriage make people happy, or do happy people get married?


Stutzer, Alois; Frey, Bruno S (2006). Does marriage make people happy, or do happy people get married? Journal of Socio-Economics, 35(2):326-347.

Abstract

This paper analyzes the causal relationships between marriage and subjective well-being in a longitudinal data set spanning 17 years. We find evidence that happier singles opt more likely for marriage and that there are large differences in the benefits from marriage between couples. Potential, as well as actual, division of labor seems to contribute to spouses’ well-being, especially for women and when there is a young family to raise. In contrast, large differences in the partners’ educational level have a negative effect on experienced life satisfaction.

This paper analyzes the causal relationships between marriage and subjective well-being in a longitudinal data set spanning 17 years. We find evidence that happier singles opt more likely for marriage and that there are large differences in the benefits from marriage between couples. Potential, as well as actual, division of labor seems to contribute to spouses’ well-being, especially for women and when there is a young family to raise. In contrast, large differences in the partners’ educational level have a negative effect on experienced life satisfaction.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:28 Apr 2008 09:36
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:23
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1053-5357
Publisher DOI:10.1016/j.socec.2005.11.043
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2430

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