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The economics of grief

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  • van den Berg, Gerard J.

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    (IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy)

  • Lundborg, Petter

    (Lund University)

  • Vikström, Johan

    (IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy)

Abstract

We study the short-run and long-run economic impact of one of the largest losses that an individual can face; the death of a child. We utilize unique merged registers on the entire Swedish population, combining information on the date and cause of death with parents' labour market outcomes, health outcomes, marital status, and subsequent fertility. We exploit the longitudinal dimension of the data and deal with a range of selection issues. We distinguish between effects on labor and various non-labor income components and we consider patterns over time. We find that labor market effects are persistent.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2012:23.

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Length: 52 pages
Date of creation: 04 Dec 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2012_023

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Keywords: Bereavement; labor supply; child mortality; depression; sickness absenteeism; employment; marriage; death; divorce; mental health; fertility;

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