Happy People Have Children: Choice and Self-Selection into Parenthood
Andrew Clark () and
Claudia Senik ()
No 1604, CEPREMAP Working Papers (Docweb) from CEPREMAP
There is mixed evidence in the existing literature on whether children are associated with greater subjective well-being, with the correlation depending on which countries and populations are considered. We here provide a systematic analysis of this question based on three different datasets: two cross-national and one national panel. We show that the association between children and subjective well-being is positive only in developed countries, and for those who become parents after the age of 30 and who have higher income. We also provide evidence of a positive selection into parenthood, whereby happier individuals are more likely to have children.
Keywords: Happiness; fertility; children; income; selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
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