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And You Think Having Children Will Make You Happy! A Case of Focusing Illusion

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  • Nattavudh Powdthavee

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Using Kahneman and Schkade's (1998) idea of focusing illusion, this paper attempts to explain why having children does not always bring us the kind of happiness we anticipated to have before our decision to having them.

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  • Nattavudh Powdthavee, "undated". "And You Think Having Children Will Make You Happy! A Case of Focusing Illusion," Discussion Papers 08/31, Department of Economics, University of York.
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    1. Pedersen, Peder J. & Schmidt, Torben Dall, 2014. "Life Events and Subjective Well-being: The Case of Having Children," IZA Discussion Papers 8207, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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