Life Satisfaction among Married and Divorced Men and Women in Italy

Maria Gabriella Campolo , Università di Messina
Antonio Di Pino, Università di Messina

This paper investigates gender differences in overall life satisfaction using data from the Italian Time Use Survey. We applied a Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition method, which allows to isolate the part of the differential in the marital status in the life satisfaction level that can be explained by differences in observable characteristics from the part attributable to differences in coefficients. We perform moreover the same analysis by gender. From our results we can affirm that the major part of the differential in the level of satisfaction is attributable to differences in coefficients indicating substantial differences between married and separated subject.

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 Presented in Session P1. Poster Session Fertility, Family and the Life Course