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Time Use, Emotional Well-Being, and Unemployment: Evidence from Longitudinal Data

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  • Alan B. Krueger
  • Andreas I. Mueller

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This paper provides new evidence on the time use and emotional well-being of unemployed individuals in the weeks before and after starting a new job. The major findings are: (1) time spent on home production drops sharply at the time of re-employment, even when controlling for individual fixed effects; (2) time spent on leisure-related activities, which the unemployed find less enjoyable, drops on re-employment, but less so when controlling for individual fixed effects; (3) the unemployed report higher levels of sadness during specific episodes of the day than the employed; and (4) sadness decreases abruptly at the time of re-employment.

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  • Alan B. Krueger & Andreas I. Mueller, 2012. "Time Use, Emotional Well-Being, and Unemployment: Evidence from Longitudinal Data," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(3), pages 594-599, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:3:p:594-99
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    1. Mark A. Aguiar & Erik Hurst & Loukas Karabarbounis, 2011. "Time Use During Recessions," NBER Working Papers 17259, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Temel Taskin, 2010. "Unemployment Insurance and Home Production," 2010 Meeting Papers 93, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    1. Behavioural Economics, Psychological Distress and Youth Unemployment
      by Liam Delaney in Economics and Psychology Research on 2012-09-10 05:24:00
    2. SES/SGS Talk on Unemployment and Well-Being References
      by Liam Delaney in Economics and Psychology Research on 2012-10-13 23:24:00

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