Are happiness and productivity lower among university students with newly-divorced parents? : an experimental approach
Proto, Eugenio, Sgroi, Daniel and Oswald, Andrew J. (2010) Are happiness and productivity lower among university students with newly-divorced parents? : an experimental approach. Working Paper. University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics, Coventry.
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We live in a high-divorce age. Parents worry about the possibility of negative effects upon their children. This paper tests whether recent parental-divorce has deleterious consequences for grown children. Under controlled conditions, it measures students’ happiness with life, and their productivity in a standardized laboratory task. No negative effects from divorce can be detected. If anything, happiness and productivity are greater, particularly among males, if they have experienced parental divorce. Using longitudinal BHPS data -- to control for fixed effects -- we cross-check this result on happiness. Again, the evidence suggests that young people’s mental well-being improves after parental divorce.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Adult children of divorced parents -- Mental health, Adult children of divorced parents -- Education, Educational productivity, Happiness -- Testing|
|Series Name:||Warwick economics research paper series (TWERPS)|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC), Leverhulme Trust (LT)|
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