English title: Happiness and Childbearing Across Europe

Author(s): Arnstein Aassve - Alice Goisis - Maria Sironi -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


Using happiness as a well-being measure and comparative data from the European social survey we focus in this paper on the link between happiness and childbearing across European countries. The analysis motivates from the recent lows in fertility in many European countries and that economic wellbeing measures are problematic when considering childbearing. We find significant country differences, though the direct association between happiness and childbearing is modest. However, partnership status plays an important role for both men and women. Working fathers are always happier, whereas working mothers are not, though mothers’ happiness tends to increase with household income.

Volume: 108

Issue: 1

From page no: 65

To page no: 86

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11205-011-9866-X

Journal: Social Indicators Research

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