Do Married Parents Provide a Higher Quality of Life for Their Children

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Do Married Parents Provide a Higher Quality of Life for Their Children? By Elizabeth King University of Mary Washington Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………………………….………..1 Intro……………………………………………………………………………………….………2 Literature Survey………………………………………………………………….……………..3 Theory……………………………………………………………………………….……………4 Empirical…………………………………………………………………………………………5 Results…………………………………………………………………………….………………7 Conclusion…………………………………………………………………….………………….8 Reference List……………………………………………………………………………………9 Abstract The paper asks the question: Do the children of married parents have a higher quality of life than the children of unmarried parents? It is proposed that married parents do provide a higher quality of life due to the ability to better provide capital and time to invest into the child also saying that this aspect provides the child with a better cognitive output. This study improves upon earlier research by comparing bot married and unmarried couples. This study also uses new data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. A weighted value equation is used to sum up the values for quality of life. The proposed answer goes along with previous research. It is proposed that since married couples have economies of scale in their household they can better provide for their children and unmarried parents have trouble providing as much since they are doing so individually. Comparing food expenditures, time spent with child, income spent of child, two different child test outcomes, and whether or not the home is owned or rented the quality of life is summed up by these weighted variables and compared by whether the parents are married or not by an ordinary least squares equation. It is assumed that the weighting of the variables is correct by the definition made. It is also assumed that no other variables affect the outcomes. Intro Unplanned
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