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Parental Separation and Well-Being of Youths

  • Rainer Winkelmann

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

This paper uses recent data for Germany and a new outcome variable to assess the consequences of parental separation on the well-being of youths. In particular, it is considered how subjective well-being, elicited from an ordinal 11-point general life satisfaction question, differs between youths living in intact and non-intact families, holding many other potential determinants of well-being constant using ordered probit regressions. The main finding of this study is that living in a non-intact family has not the hypothesised large negative effect on child well-being.

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Paper provided by Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich in its series SOI - Working Papers with number 0312.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Socioeconomics 35(2), 2006, pages 197-208
Handle: RePEc:soz:wpaper:0312
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  1. Winkelmann, Liliana & Winkelmann, Rainer, 1998. "Why Are the Unemployed So Unhappy? Evidence from Panel Data," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 65(257), pages 1-15, February.
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  7. Donna K. Ginther & Robert A. Pollak, 2000. "Does family structure affect children's educational outcomes?," Working Paper 2000-13, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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