English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: Do people really adapt to marriage? Richard E. Lucas; Andrew E. Clark

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  • Do people really adapt to marriage?
Author
  • Richard E. Lucas
  • Andrew E. Clark
Physical Description
  • preprint
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  • Although cross-sectional studies have shown a reliable association between marital status and subjective well-being, a recent longitudinal study (Lucas, Clark, Georgellis, &​ Diener, 2003) found no support for the idea that happiness increases after marriage. Instead, participants who got married reported short-term increases followed by complete adaptation back to baseline levels of well-being. However, researchers have criticized this study on two grounds. First, these results contradict cohort-based analyses from a nationally representative sample. Second, these analyses do not control for pre-marriage cohabitation, which could potentially inflate baseline levels of well-being. The original data (plus four additional waves) are reanalyzed to address these concerns. Results confirm that individuals do not get a lasting boost in life satisfaction following marriage.
  • RePEc:pse:psecon:2005-41
Language
  • English
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