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Happiness and childbearing across Europe

Aassve, Arnstein, Goisis, Alice and Sironi, Maria (2012) Happiness and childbearing across Europe. Social Indicators Research, 108 (1). pp. 65-86. ISSN 0303-8300

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11205-011-9866-x


Using happiness as a well-being measure and comparative data from the European social survey we focus in this paper on the link between happiness and childbearing across European countries. The analysis motivates from the recent lows in fertility in many European countries and that economic wellbeing measures are problematic when considering childbearing. We find significant country differences, though the direct association between happiness and childbearing is modest. However, partnership status plays an important role for both men and women. Working fathers are always happier, whereas working mothers are not, though mothers' happiness tends to increase with household income.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Divisions: Social Policy
Lifecourse, Ageing & Population Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2012 12:43
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 01:54

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