Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 153–165 | Cite as

Age and Education Differences in Marriages and their Effects on Life Satisfaction

  • Wim GrootEmail author
  • Henriëtte Maassen Van Den Brink


Within marriages husbands typically tend to be older and higher educated than their wife. This paper tries to explain this by analyzing whether age and education differences between spouses have an effect on happiness. Two alternative hypotheses are tested on the relation between age and education gaps between partners and life satisfaction. It is found that a positive age gap between husband and wife increases both male and female life satisfaction, while female life satisfaction increases if the education gap is smaller.

marriage life satisfaction JEL classification: D61, I10, H51 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health SciencesMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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