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Title:Partnership, gender roles and the well-being cost of unemployment PDF Logo
Authors:Andreas Knabe
Ronnie Schöb
Joachim Weimann
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:CESifo Working Paper: Behavioural Economics 3932
Abstract:We use the differences between life satisfaction and emotional well-being of employed and unemployed persons to analyze how a person's employment status affects cognitive well-being. Our results show that unemployment has a negative impact on cognitive, but not on affective well-being, which we interpret as a loss in identity utility. Living in a partnership strengthens the loss in identity utility of men, but weakens that of women. Unemployment of a person's partner reduces the identity loss of unemployed men, but raises it for women. These results suggest that the unemployed's feeling of identity is affected by traditional gender roles, while this does not seem to be the case for the affective part of their subjective well-being.
Subjects:unemployment
happiness
life satisfaction
Day Reconstruction Method
identity
partnership
gender roles
JEL:I31
J60
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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