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Does Marriage Make People Happy, or Do Happy People Get Married?


Alois Stutzer


University of Basel - Department of Business and Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Bruno S. Frey


CREMA; Zeppelin University

October 2005

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1811

Abstract:     
This paper analyzes the causal relationships between marriage and subjective well-being in a longitudinal data set spanning 17 years. We find evidence that happier singles opt more likely for marriage and that there are large differences in the benefits from marriage between couples. Potential, as well as actual, division of labor seems to contribute to spouses' well-being, especially for women and when there is a young family to raise. In contrast, large differences in the partners' educational level have a negative effect on experienced life satisfaction.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: division of labor, marriage, selection, subjective well-being

JEL Classification: D13, I31, J12

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Date posted: November 10, 2005  

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Stutzer, Alois and Frey, Bruno S., Does Marriage Make People Happy, or Do Happy People Get Married? (October 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1811. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=375960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.375960

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Alois Stutzer
University of Basel - Department of Business and Economics ( email )
Peter Merian-Weg 6
4002 Basel
Switzerland
0041 61 267 3361 (Phone)
0041 61 267 3340 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.wwz.unibas.ch/stutzer/
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)
CREMA ( email )
Südstrasse 11
Zurich, CH 8008
Switzerland
Zeppelin University ( email )
Am Seemooser Horn 20
Friedrichshafen, Lake Constance 88045
Germany
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