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Why Are the Unemployed So Unhappy? Evidence from Panel Data

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  • Winkelmann, Liliana
  • Winkelmann, Rainer

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This paper tests for the importance of nonpecuniary costs of unemployment using a longitudinal data-set on life-satisfaction of working-age men in Germany. The authors show that unemployment has a large detrimental effect on satisfaction after individual specific fixed effects are controlled for. The nonpecuniary effect is much larger than the effect that stems from the associated loss of income. Copyright 1998 by The London School of Economics and Political Science

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  • Winkelmann, Liliana & Winkelmann, Rainer, 1998. "Why Are the Unemployed So Unhappy? Evidence from Panel Data," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 65(257), pages 1-15, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:65:y:1998:i:257:p:1-15
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