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You're Fired! The Causal Negative Effect of Entry Unemployment on Life Satisfaction

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  • SonjaC. Kassenboehmer
  • JohnP. Haisken-DeNew

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This article examines the impact of unemployment for men and women on life satisfaction for Germany 1991-2006 using the German Socio-Economic Panel. We find that for women in east and west Germany, company closures in the year of entry into unemployment produce strongly negative effects on life satisfaction over and above an overall effect of unemployment, providing "prima facie" evidence of reduced outside work options, large investments in firm-specific human capital or a family constraint. The large compensating variation in terms of income indicates enormous non-pecuniary negative effects for women of exogenous entry unemployment due to company closures. Copyright © The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2009.

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  • SonjaC. Kassenboehmer & JohnP. Haisken-DeNew, 2009. "You're Fired! The Causal Negative Effect of Entry Unemployment on Life Satisfaction," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 119(536), pages 448-462, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:119:y:2009:i:536:p:448-462
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