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Title:Marriage Matters Spousal Similarity in Life Satisfaction PDF Logo
Authors:Schimmack, Ulrich
Lucas, Richard E.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:DIW-Diskussionspapiere 623
Abstract:Examined the concurrent and cross-lagged spousal similarity in life satisfaction over a 21-year period. Analyses were based on married couples (N = 847) in the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). Concurrent spousal similarity was considerably higher than oneyear retest similarity, revealing spousal similarity in the variable component of life satisfaction. Spousal similarity systematically decreased with length of retest interval, revealing similarity in the changing component of life satisfaction. Finally, there was considerable spousal similarity in the stable component of life satisfaction over 20-years. The implications of these findings for causal theories of life satisfaction and studies in line with behavioural genetics are discussed.
Subjects:Subjective Well Being
Life Satisfaction
Marriage
Couples
Spousal Similarity
Heritability
Assortative Mating
Longitudinal Panel
SOEP
JEL:Z1
D01
B49
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:DIW-Diskussionspapiere
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