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The marginal income effect of education on happiness: estimating the direct and indirect effects of compulsory schooling on well-being in Australia

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  • Warn N. Lekfuangfu
  • Nattavudh Powdthavee
  • Mark Wooden

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Many economists and educators favour public support for education on the premise that education improves the overall well-being of citizens. However, little is known about the causal pathways through which education shapes people’s subjective well-being (SWB). This paper explores the direct and indirect well-being effects of extra schooling induced through compulsory schooling laws in Australia. We find the net effect of schooling on later SWB to be positive, though this effect is larger and statistically more robust for men than for women. We then show that the compulsory schooling effect on male’s SWB is indirect and is mediated through income.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 51552.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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