Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89973
Authors: 
von Scheve, Christian
Esche, Frederike
Schupp, Jürgen
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7654
Abstract: 
Unemployment continues to be one of the major challenges in industrialized societies. Aside from its economic dimensions and societal repercussions, questions concerning the individual experience of unemployment have recently attracted increasing attention. Although many studies have documented the detrimental effects of unemployment for subjective well-being, they overwhelmingly focus on life satisfaction as the cognitive dimension of well-being. Little is known about the emotional antecedents and consequences of unemployment. We thus investigate the impact of unemployment on emotional well-being by analyzing the frequency with which specific emotions are experienced in anticipation of and reaction to job loss. Using longitudinal data of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and fixed effects regressions, we find that becoming unemployed leads to more frequent experiences of unpleasant emotions only in the short run and that adaptation occurs more rapidly as compared to life satisfaction. Contrary to existing studies, we find decreases in emotional well-being but not in life satisfaction in anticipation of unemployment.
Subjects: 
unemployment
emotions
well-being
life satisfaction
SOEP
JEL: 
A14
D63
J17
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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