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Who is happier: Housewife or working wife?

  • Beja Jr, Edsel
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    Earlier research found no difference in the happiness between a housewife and a working wife. However, there now is the expectation that a difference in their happiness exists today given the increase in the labor participation of women over the years. This paper revisits the debate using data from the 2000s. For the upper- and low-income economies, there is still no difference in the happiness between a housewife and a working wife. In contrast, results for the middle-income economies clearly show that a part-time working wife is happier than a housewife and that both part-time working wife and housewife are happier than a full-time working wife.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 40533.

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    Date of creation: 05 Aug 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:40533
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