nep-hap New Economics Papers
on Economics of Happiness
Issue of 2012‒04‒03
two papers chosen by
Viviana Di Giovinazzo
University of Milano-Bicocca

  1. Internal vs. International Migration: Impacts of Remittances on Child Well-Being in Vietnam By Michele Binci; Gianna Giannelli
  2. Who is happier: The housewife or working wife? By Beja, Jr., Edsel

  1. By: Michele Binci (Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Università degli Studi di Firenze); Gianna Giannelli (Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Università degli Studi di Firenze)
    Abstract: This paper intends to contribute to the literature on the effects of domestic and international remittances on schooling and child labour. Using the information gathered in the 1992/93 and 1997/98 Vietnam Living Standards Surveys (VLSS), we examine separately the school attendance rates and the incidence of child labour in remittance recipient households, as compared to households where this income source is absent. We apply ordinary least squares regression for the two cross-sections and a fixed-effects linear regression for the panel, using as dependent variables the child labour and school attendance ratios of children in each household. Our results indicate that the average child belonging to a remittance recipient household has a lower probability of working and a greater probability of going to school. Although international remittances are found to have a stronger beneficial impact than domestic ones in the cross-sectional analysis, the panel analysis reverses this result, showing that the only significant impact stems from domestic remittances.
    Keywords: Migration, Remittances, Schooling, Child Labour, Panel Data, Vietnam
    JEL: F22 I39 J13 O15
    Date: 2012
  2. By: Beja, Jr., Edsel
    Abstract: The earlier studies that came out around the 1970s, as more and more women started to leave the homes, so to speak, and took paid work found no statistically significant difference in the happiness between the housewife and the working wife. This paper revisits the same issue using data from the 2000s but refining the focus of the analysis, namely: paid work is differentiated into full-time, part-time, or self-employment. The findings are still consistent with the earlier studies. What the paper finds more interesting, however, is that a disparity in the happiness between the housewife and the working wife is perhaps more because of idiosyncrasies shaped by culture and social context but less about the paid work status itself.
    Keywords: Happiness; life satisfaction; housewife; working wife
    JEL: I31 J10 D10 B54
    Date: 2012–03–22

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