Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among University Students with Newly-Divorced Parents? An Experimental Approach
AbstractWe 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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- Sgroi, Daniel & Proto, Eugenio & Oswald, Andrew J., 2010. "Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among University Students with Newly-Divorced Parents? An Experimental Approach," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 937, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
- D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics; Underlying Principles
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-02-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2010-02-27 (Education)
- NEP-EFF-2010-02-27 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-EXP-2010-02-27 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-HAP-2010-02-27 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-LAB-2010-02-27 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2010-02-27 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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