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Baranowska Anna (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland), Matysiak Anna (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland)
Does parenthood increase happiness? Evidence for Poland
ISiD Working Papers, 2011, nr 14, s. 22, tab., wykr., bibliogr. 60 poz.
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Rodzicielstwo, Dobrobyt, Zadowolenie społeczeństwa, Rodzina, Dzieci, Dzietność kobiet
Parenthood, Prosperity, Society satisfaction, Family, Children, Women's fertility
In the recent decade demographers turned their attention to investigating the effects of children on self-rated happiness or life satisfaction. The underlying idea of this strand of research is to find out whether it pays off to individuals to become parents in terms of their subjective wellbeing, given the costs of having children. This paper follows this line of research and studies the impacts of childbearing on individual-level happiness in Poland; a country which experienced a rapid decline in fertility despite particularly strong attachment of young Poles to family values. To this end, we applied methods for panel data analysis which allowed us to control for endogeneity of subjective well-being and parenthood. Our results reveal a significantly positive effect of the first child on the subjective well-being of mothers. For men, this impact is weaker and most likely temporary since it weakens with an increase in child's age. Importantly, neither for men nor for women does the positive impact of parenthood rise with an increase in parity. This may explain persistence of low fertility in this country. (original abstract)
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