|Title / Titel||Well-Being and the Family|
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|Summary / Zusammenfassung||The project deals with the relationship between family structure and individual well-being. Individual well-being is measured by a survey response to a question such as "On a scale from 0 to 10, how satisfied are you with your life on the whole today?" This question is included in many current social science longitudinal surveys, including the German Socio-Economic Panel, the British Household Panel and the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). These surveys allow for large scale analyses on nationwide representative surveys, often including tens of thousands of observations.
Whereas previous economically motivated research has focussed on the effects of labor market status and income on self-reported well-being, this research project moves the family to center stage. Specific questions answered are as follows: To what extend does well-being interact at the level of the family? Is this interaction, if any, direct, or is it caused by confounding factors at the level of the family? How much does a disrupted family structure affect a child's well-being? And can one discern any timing effects? For instance, does separation or a mother's full-time employment during early childhood leave permanent marks on a child's psychological well-being?
These questions are addressed using the empirical methodology of modern micro-econometrics, extending the existing toolkit where appropriate.
|Publications / Publikationen||Winkelmann, R. (2006) Parental Separation and the Well-Being of Youth, Journal of Socioeconomics, 35, 197-208.Winkelmann, R. (2005) Subjective Well-Being and the Family: Results from an Ordered Probit Model with Multiple Random Effects, Empirical Economics, 30, 749-761.Schwarze, J. and R. Winkelmann (2010) Happiness and altruism within the extended family, Journal of Population Economics, forthcoming|
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||Satisfaction, psychological well-being, German Socio Economic Panel, microeconometrics, ordinal data.|
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Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
|Universität Zürich (position pursuing an academic career)
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Oct 2001 to Oct 2008|