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Correlational findings

Study Myrskyla & Margolis (2013): study DE 2003

Public:
New parents, Germany,before and after policy change, 2003-2005 or 2008-2010
Survey name:
DE-SOEP
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 1113
Non Response:
410
Assessment:
Interview: face-to-face

Correlate

Authors's Label
Affected by parental benefits extension
Our Classification
Remarks
Extension of parental benefits in 2007 involving a) General entitlement to financial support Not only for poor parents (mean tested) 'Eterngeld' of max Euro 1.800 per months b) Shortening of the benefit period (to press for employment) c) Extra bonus of 10% for parents with 2 children under age 3
Distribution
N = 1 450; 0 663
Related specification variables
Operationalization
1: Affected by change (more benefits)
    Had first child after 1-1-2007
0: Not affected by change (no extra benefits)
    Had first child before 1-1-2007

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d DM = +      Not affected  Affected   Difference
     M    SD       M    SD    DM
T1   7,43 1,43     7,22 1,60  -0.21
T2   7,44 1,61     7,66 1,39  +0.22
T3   7,13 1,72     7,37 1,52  +0,25

T1-T3 difference
    -0.30          +0.15

T1 first interview
T2 first child born
T3 last interview
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = + s/ns CHANGE happiness before and after birth of first child by being affected by policy change (vs not)

b-fix controled for
- age
- period
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = + s b-fix additionally controled for time varieing
- income
- satisfaction with income
O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = + Stronger among women O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = + Stronger among low educated O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = + Stronger among lower income half O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d b-fix = + Extended effect on second birth