Suffer the Little Children : Measuring the Effects of Parenthood on Well-Being Worldwide

@inproceedings{Stanca2009SufferTL,
  title={Suffer the Little Children : Measuring the Effects of Parenthood on Well-Being Worldwide},
  author={Luca Stanca},
  year={2009}
}
This paper tests the rational-choice approach to fertility decisions by investigating the relationship between parenthood and well-being in a large sample of individuals from 94 countries. We find that worldwide, controlling for demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, having children has a negative effect on well-being. Conditioning on age, gender, marital status and education can only partially help to interpret this finding. We show that the negative effect of parenthood on well-being… CONTINUE READING

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