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Rachel Margolis' Research on Families Featured

Recently, Rachel Margolis and her research collaborator, Mikko Myrskylä from the London School of Economics, published their study, "Happiness: Before and After the Kids," in Demography. The study explores the significance of parental age at childbirth, and number of children, to parental happiness. It has received attention from media outlets around the world, from the New York Times, UK’s Independent, and Barcelona’s Ara Cat, to the Times of India, and newspapers across Canada. For a sample of media reports, see the following:

"Having more than one child affects productivity, happiness" Chronicle Independent, Nov. 10, 2014

"What having more than one child does to your productivity and happiness" Deseret News, Nov. 9, 2014

"The third child: why bother?" Demography is Destiny, Nov. 6, 2014

"Marriage Minutes: How Many Kids Give Happiness Boost to Marriage?" hitched, Nov. 6, 2014

"L’età perfetta per avere un figlio va dai 35 ai 49 anni, una ricerca lo dimostra" Urban Post, Nov. 12, 2014

"Benarkah Orangtua Kurang Bahagia dengan Kehadiran Anak Ketiga?"

"Having children makes you happy… sometimes" The Gazette Nov. 3, 2014

"Le premier enfant rend plus heureux. Le deuxième aussi. Mais le troisième..." Slate, Nov. 3, 2014

"英国心理学研究:有孩子会让夫妻更幸福吗?" Fashion Sohu, Nov. 3, 2014

"L’età giusta per avere figli ed essere felici? 35-49 anni" Wake Up News, Nov. 1, 2014

"Science Has Good News for People Who Aren't in a Rush to Have Kids" Mic, Oct. 31, 2014

"Births of First and Second Child Bring Parents More Happiness Than The Third, But Why?" HNGN, Oct. 31, 2014

"35 és 49 között jobb szülőnek lenni" HáziPatika, Oct. 31, 2014

"People who have their kids after 35 are happiest" Quartz, Oct. 30, 2014

"Does Having Kids Get a Bad Rap?" The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2014

"Studi: Jumlah Anak Pengaruhi Kebahagiaan Orangtua" Berita Satu, Oct. 30, 2014

"The Time Frame When Parents Feel The Most Intense Joy" Huffington Post, Oct. 30, 2014

"Que número de filhos deve ter se quer ser feliz?" Notícias ao Minuto, Oct. 30, 2014

"Study: Babies Create Happiness (Temporarily)" Blackburn News, Oct. 30, 2014

"For parents having a third child, the thrill is gone, study finds" London Free Press, Oct. 30, 2014

"Older parents make for happer mums and dads" Irish Independent, Oct. 30, 2014

"Happiness factors in parenthood" CTV News

"Parents are happier near the birth of their first and second child. Third child? Not so much." The Washington Post, Oct. 30, 2014

"Derde kind maakt niet extra gelukkig" De Standaard, Oct. 30, 2014

"Key to happy married life: Plan your children late" The Times of India, Oct. 30, 2014

"Does having children make us any happier?" The Financial, Oct. 30, 2014

"Does having children make parents any happier?" The Raw Food World, Oct. 30, 2014

"Study: Your 3rd Kid Doesn't Make You Happier" Newser, Oct. 30, 2014

"A Couple's First Two Kids Make Them Briefly Happier; the Third Not So Much" Smithsonian, Oct. 29, 2014

"New study finds parents' happiness depends on number of children and age at first birth" Exchange Morning Post, Oct. 29, 2014

"Dzieci nie cieszą, nie cieszą, gdy są..." RMF 24, Oct. 29, 2014

"Parenting Brings Happiness Until the Third Child: The Rollar[sic] Coaster Of Raising Kids" Medical Daily, Oct. 29, 2014

"Study Uncovers How Children Affect Parental Happiness" GoodTherapy.org, Oct. 29, 2014

"A third baby does not make parents as happy as the first two (apparently)" parentdish, Oct. 29, 2014

"Study: Having More Children Doesn't Necessarily Lead to More Long-Term Parental Happiness" The Blaze, Oct. 29, 2014

"Trzecie dziecko już nie cieszy" dzieci, Oct. 29, 2014

"Quando un figlio raddoppia il tuo benessere: scoperta l'età perfetta per diventare genitori felici" Caffeina, Oct. 29, 2014

""L'età giusta per diventare genitori è quella compresa tra i 35 e i 49 anni". La ricerca sul momento "giusto" per avere figli" L'Huffington Post, Nov. 29, 2014

"Does having children make us any happier" Science Daily, Oct. 28, 2014

"Birth of third child 'does not make parents happier'" The Irish Times, Oct. 28, 2014

"Postponing parenthood: Greater happiness for older parents may explain the tendency to wait" The Independent, Oct. 28, 2014

"A third baby is not a bundle of joy for parents" The Telegraph, Oct. 28, 2014