Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10620/17669
Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: You can’t be happier than your wife. Happiness gaps and divorce
Authors: Stichnot, Holger 
Guven, Cahit 
Senik, Claudia 
Publication Date: Apr-2012
Pages: 110-130
Keywords: Happiness
Divorce
Comparisons
Panel
Households
Marriage
Abstract: Based on three large panel surveys, this paper shows that happiness gaps between spouses are a good predictor of future divorce. The effect of happiness gaps is asymmetric: couples are more likely to break-up when the woman is the less happy partner. De facto, divorces appear to be initiated predominantly by women who are less happy than their husband. This asymmetry suggests that the effect of happiness gaps is grounded on motives of relative deprivation (i.e. comparisons of happiness between spouses) rather than on a preference for equal happiness.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2012.01.003
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167268112000042
Keywords: Satisfaction -- Relationships; Gender -- Gender differences; Relationships -- Divorce; Families -- Formation and dissolution
Research collection: Journal Articles
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