Happiness: Before and After the Kids

  title={Happiness: Before and After the Kids},
  author={M. Myrskyl{\"a} and R. Margolis},
Understanding how having children influences parents’ subjective well-being (“happiness”) has great potential to explain fertility behavior. We study parental happiness trajectories before and after the birth of a child, using large British and German longitudinal data sets. We account for unobserved parental characteristics using fixed-effects models and study how sociodemographic factors modify the parental happiness trajectories. Consistent with existing work, we find that happiness… Expand

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