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Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among University Students with Newly-Divorced Parents? An Experimental Approach

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  • Proto, Eugenio

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    (University of Warwick)

  • Sgroi, Daniel

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    (University of Warwick)

  • Oswald, Andrew J.

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    (University of Warwick)

Abstract

We live in a high-divorce age. It is now common for university faculty to have students who are touched by a recent divorce. It is likely that parents themselves worry about effects on their children. Yet there has been almost no formal research into the important issue of how recent parental-divorce affects students at university. This paper designs such a study. In it, to avoid 'priming', we measure students' happiness with life before we inquire into their family background. We also measure student achievement in a randomized-trial productivity task. Our results seem both of scientific interest and of potential interest to parents. This study finds no evidence that students suffer after parental divorce

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4755.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp4755

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Keywords: labor productivity; divorce; well-being; happiness; experimental economics;

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  1. Heisz, Andrew & Corak, Miles, 1999. "Death and Divorce: The Long-term Consequences of Parental Loss on Adolescents," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 1999135e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
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  6. Collishaw, Stephan & Goodman, Robert & Pickles, Andrew & Maughan, Barbara, 2007. "Modelling the contribution of changes in family life to time trends in adolescent conduct problems," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 65(12), pages 2576-2587, December.
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  1. DiMaria, Charles Henri & Peroni, Chiara & Sarracino, Francesco, 2014. "Happiness matters: the role of well-being in productivity," MPRA Paper 56983, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Bert Van Landeghem, 2012. "Panel Conditioning and Self-Reported Satisfaction: Evidence from International Panel Data and Repeated Cross-Sections," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 484, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. Sgroi, Daniel & Proto, Eugenio & Oswald, Andrew J. & Dobson, Alexander, 2010. "Priming and the Reliability of Subjective Well-being Measures," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS), University of Warwick, Department of Economics 935, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

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