We investigate the happiness variations associated with divorce by drawing data from a retrospective panel dataset based on the third wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and covering 14 European countries. This dataset proposes as a powerful tool to control for reporting style heterogeneity in happiness self-evaluations. Indeed, in addition to individual fixed-effects, we control for full migration trajectories in order to remove bias in well-being evaluations produced by cross-country heterogeneity in the cultural norms and societal values individuals have been exposed during their life-cycle. Happiness is found to increase in the period after divorce for both men and women. We show that this pattern goes through a decrease in stress and financial hardship.

Divorce and well-being. Disentangling the role of stress and socio economic status

Cavapozzi, Danilo;Fiore, Simona;Pasini, Giacomo
2020

Abstract

We investigate the happiness variations associated with divorce by drawing data from a retrospective panel dataset based on the third wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and covering 14 European countries. This dataset proposes as a powerful tool to control for reporting style heterogeneity in happiness self-evaluations. Indeed, in addition to individual fixed-effects, we control for full migration trajectories in order to remove bias in well-being evaluations produced by cross-country heterogeneity in the cultural norms and societal values individuals have been exposed during their life-cycle. Happiness is found to increase in the period after divorce for both men and women. We show that this pattern goes through a decrease in stress and financial hardship.
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