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Title:Are happiness and productivity lower among university students with newly-divorced parents? An experimental approach PDF Logo
Authors:Proto, Eugenio
Sgroi, Daniel
Oswald, Andrew J.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4755
Abstract:We live in a high-divorce age. It is now common for university faculty to have students who are touched by a recent divorce. It is likely that parents themselves worry about effects on their children. Yet there has been almost no formal research into the important issue of how recent parental-divorce affects students at university. This paper designs such a study. In it, to avoid 'priming', we measure students' happiness with life before we inquire into their family background. We also measure student achievement in a randomized-trial productivity task. Our results seem both of scientific interest and of potential interest to parents. This study finds no evidence that students suffer after parental divorce.
Subjects:Labor productivity
divorce
well-being
happiness
experimental economics
JEL:D03
J24
C91
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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