The link between childbearing, union formation and subjective well-being is still under-investigated. A key problem is disentangling causal effects, a challenge when the interplay between life course pathways and states of mind is investigated. Here we use propensity score matching estimates applied to panel data to demonstrate how the birth of a first child or entry into union increase individuals’ psychological wellbeing and reduce disorientation in Bulgaria, a transition country with lowest-low fertility and postponement of union formation. Sensitivity analyses confirm the robustness of our findings to heterogeneous levels of hidden bias.
|Title of host publication||Advances in Theoretical and Applied Statistics|
|Editors||N Torelli, F Pesarin, A Bar-Hen|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|