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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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Career, Family, and the Well-Being of College-Educated Women

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Bertrand, Marianne. 2013. "Career, Family, and the Well-Being of College-Educated Women." American Economic Review, 103(3): 244-50.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.244

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I report on measures of life satisfaction and emotional well-being across groups of college-educated women, based on whether they have a career, a family, both, or neither. The biggest premium to life satisfaction is associated with having a family. While there is also a life satisfaction premium associated with having a career, women do not seem able to "double up" on these premiums. A qualitatively similar picture emerges from the emotional well-being data. Among college-educated women with family, those with a career spend a larger share of their day unhappy, sad, stressed and tired.

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Bertrand, Marianne (U Chicago)

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I31: General Welfare
J12: Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure; Domestic Abuse
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J44: Professional Labor Markets; Occupational Licensing


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