Parental Separation and Well-Being of Youths

23 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2003

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Rainer Winkelmann

University of Zurich - Statistics and Empirical Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: October 2003

Abstract

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.

Keywords: child welfare, educational attainment, happiness, German Socio-Economic Panel

JEL Classification: I31, J12, C25

Suggested Citation

Winkelmann, Rainer, Parental Separation and Well-Being of Youths (October 2003). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=459583

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