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John Ifcher : Parents, You're Happy : BloombergBusinessWeek
Friday, May. 18, 2012
A new study, "A Bundle of Joy: Does Parenting Really Make You Miserable?” co-authored by John Ifcher, assistant professor of economics, attracted attention from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, USA Today, and the New York Times parenting blog.
The paper was presented in early May at the annual Population Conference of America, challenging previous research that said parents were unhappier than their childless counterparts. Professor Ifcher and his colleagues found that the level of happiness of parents has held steady over the decades, while the happiness of people without children has declined since these studies began in 1972.
Ifcher and his co-author, Chris Herbst of Arizona State University, say the evidnce suggests children may 'innoculate' parents against some social and economic forces that are reducing happiness.
Read the articles reporting on Professor Ifcher's paper from:
USA Today here >>
New York Times "Motherlode" blog here >>
Bloomberg BusinessWeek here >>
Visit John Ifcher profile here >>