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Soziale Arbeitsnorm und Arbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz

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  • Alois Stutzer
  • Rafael Lalive

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So far economic analysis of unemployment has neglected social norms to a large extent. Here the empirical relevance of the social norm to live off one's own income is studied with regard to unemployed people's behaviour and subjective well-being. The strength of the social work norm is measured in terms of a national referendum on the reduction of unemployment benefits in Switzerland. The results indicate that a stronger social norm to work significantly increases the willingness to accept a new job whereas it decreases job searchers' satisfaction with life.

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Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 138 (2002)
Issue (Month): III (September)
Pages: 293-316

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Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2002-iii-4

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Keywords: Arbeitslosendauer; Arbeitslosigkeit; soziale Normen; subjektives Wohlbefinden;

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  1. Andreia Tolciu, 2010. "The Economics of Social Interactions: An Interdisciplinary Ground for Social Scientists?," Forum for Social Economics, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 223-242, October.

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