Subjective Well-being and Partnership Dynamics; Are Same-sex Relationships Different?

Shuai Chen, Jan van Ours

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages31
Volume2017-041
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2017-041

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Well-being
Subjective well-being
Cohabitation
Marriage
Cohort
Causal effect
Disruption
Sexual orientation
Panel data

Keywords

  • subjective well-being
  • Happiness
  • marriage
  • Cohabitation
  • sexuel orientation

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Chen, S., & van Ours, J. (2017). Subjective Well-being and Partnership Dynamics; Are Same-sex Relationships Different? (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2017-041). Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.
Chen, Shuai ; van Ours, Jan. / Subjective Well-being and Partnership Dynamics; Are Same-sex Relationships Different?. Tilburg : CentER, Center for Economic Research, 2017. (CentER Discussion Paper).
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