Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106530
Authors: 
Bubonya, Melisa
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.
Wooden, Mark
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8588
Abstract: 
This study examines the impact of involuntary job loss on the mental health of family members. Estimates from fixed-effects panel data models, using panel data for Australia, provide little evidence of any negative spillover effect on the mental health of husbands as a result of their wives' job loss. The mental well-being of wives, however, declines following their husbands' job loss, but only if that job loss results in a sustained period of non-employment or if the couple experienced financial hardship or relationship strain prior to the husband's job loss. A negative effect of parental job loss on the mental health of co-resident adolescent children is also found, but appears to be restricted to girls.
Subjects: 
unemployment
involuntary job loss
mental health
families
spouses
adolescents
HILDA Survey
JEL: 
I31
J10
J65
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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