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Do Rich Parents Enjoy Children Less?

Working paper n°: 101

Unit: Population Dynamics and Health

Author(s): Marco Le Moglie, Letizia Mencarini, Chiara Rapallini

Year: 2017

We investigate the role of individual labor income as a moderator of parental subjective well-being trajectories before and after the first childbirth in Germany, a very low fertility country. Analyzing German Socioeconomic Panel Survey data, we found that income matters negatively for parental subjective well-being after childbirth, though with important differences by education and gender. In particular, among better educated parents, the richer see the arrival of a child more negatively. These findings contribute to the debate on the relationship between income and fertility adding information on how parents perceive the birth of a child beyond the strict financial cost of childbearing and raising. Results are discussed in terms of preferences among different groups of parents, costs of children, and work and family balance. Results are robust to potential endogeneity between income and childbirth, as well as for alternative measures of income.


Marco Le Moglie

Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policies, Bocconi University

 

Letizia Mencarini

Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policies, Bocconi University

 

Chiara Rapallini

University of Florence

 

 

Language: English

 

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