Career, Family, and the Well-Being of College-Educated Women
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AbstractI 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.
CitationBertrand, 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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- J16 Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
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