Subjective well-being and partnership dynamics : are same-sex relationships different? / Shuai Chen (Tilburg University), Jan C. van Ours (Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Melbourne, Tinbergen Institute, EHERO, CEPR and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserChen, Shuai In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen ; Ours, Jan C. van In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, September 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11043
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-139399 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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Partnered individuals are happier than singles. This can be because partnership leads to more satisfactory subjective well-being or because happier people are more likely to find a partner. We analyze Dutch panel data to investigate whether there is a causal effect of partnership on subjective well-being. Our data allow us to distinguish between marriage and cohabitation and between same-sex partnerships and opposite-sex ones. Our results support the short-term crisis model and adaptation theory. We find that marital partnership improves well-being and that these benefits are homogeneous to sexual orientation. The well-being gains of marriage are larger than those of cohabitation. Investigating partnership formation and disruption, we discover that the well-being effects are symmetric. Finally, we find that marriage improves well-being for both younger and older cohorts while cohabitation only benefits younger cohort.