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Title:Does marriage make people happy, or do happy people get married? PDF Logo
Authors:Stutzer, Alois
Frey, Bruno S.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1811
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' wellbeing, 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.
Subjects:division of labor
marriage
selection
subjective well-being
JEL:D13
I31
J12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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