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Unhappiness and Job Finding

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  • Gielen, Anne C.

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    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • van Ours, Jan C.

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    (Tilburg University)

Abstract

It is puzzling that people feel quite unhappy when they become unemployed, while at the same time active labor market policies are needed to bring unemployed back to work more quickly. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we investigate whether there is indeed such a puzzle. First, we find that nearly half of the unemployed do not experience a drop in happiness, which might explain why at least some workers need to be activated. In addition to that, we find that even though unemployed who experience a drop in happiness search more actively for a job, it does not speed up their job finding. Apparently, there is no link between unhappiness and the speed of job finding. Hence, there is no contradiction between unemployed being unhappy and the need for activation policies.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6320.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Publication status: forthcoming in: Economica, 2014
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6320

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  1. Krause, Annabelle, 2012. "Don't Worry, Be Happy? Happiness and Reemployment," IZA Discussion Papers 7107, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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