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Title:Do divorcing couples become happier by breaking up? PDF Logo
Authors:Gardner, Jonathan
Oswald, Andrew J.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1788
Abstract:Divorce is a leap in the dark. This paper investigates whether people who split up actually become happier. Using the British Household Panel Survey, we are able to observe an individual's level of psychological wellbeing in the years before and after divorce. Our results show that divorcing couples reap psychological gains from the dissolution of their marriages. Men and women benefit equally. The paper also studies the effects of bereavement, of having dependent children, and of remarriage. We measure wellbeing using GHQ and life-satisfaction scores.
Subjects:divorce
happiness
GHQ
life satisfaction
longitudinal data
JEL:J12
I3
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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