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Are only children worse off on subjective well-being? : evidence from China's one-child policy

Authors Wu, Lingwei
Issue Date 2014
Summary Family structure, particularly sib-ship structure, has a long-term effect on children’s subjective well-being. This thesis examines the causal effect of growing up as an only child on subjective well-being, as measured by self-rated happiness, confidence, and depression. The thesis takes advantage of the exogenous fertility shock of China’s One-Child Policy, which was implemented since 1979. Our results show that being an only child significantly decreases subjective well-being, but this result is mainly driven by rural boys. A tentative explanation for this pattern is provided based on the disparity of son preference in rural and urban China.
Note Thesis (M.Phil.)--Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2014
Language English
Format Thesis
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