Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58709
Authors: 
Krause, Annabelle
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6101
Abstract: 
Happiness drops when individuals become unemployed. The negative impact of the unemployment shock, however, may differ by cultural background. To test the hypothesis of a 'Teutonic work ethic', this paper takes advantage of Switzerland in its cultural diversity. By comparing different cultural groups in the same institutional setting, I empirically test whether such deep psychological traits have an influence on how unemployment is perceived. It is found that unemployment has a significantly negative effect on life satisfaction in Switzerland. I furthermore present evidence which confirms to some extent the hypothesis that Swiss German individuals suffer more from unemployment, although for the most part, these results are without statistical significance. Swiss Germans are additionally found to be happier than their French-speaking compatriots' independent of whether they are unemployed. This difference between Romanic and Germanic cultural backgrounds is in line with previous findings, but deserves further research attention.
Subjects: 
life satisfaction
unemployment
cultural differences
Switzerland
JEL: 
J28
J60
Z1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
190.81 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.