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How does marriage affect physical and psychological health? A survey of the longitudinal evidence

By Chris M. Wilson and Andrew J. Oswald


This paper examines an accumulating modern literature on the health benefits of relationships like marriage. Although much remains to be understood about physiological channels, we draw the judgement, after looking across many journals and disciplines, that there is persuasive longitudinal evidence for such effects. The size of the health gain from marriage is remarkable. It may be as large as the benefit from giving up smoking

Topics: HQ, BF, RA0421
Publisher: University of Warwick, Department of Economics
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:1466

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