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The Role of Social Work Norms in Job Searching and Subjective Well-Being

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  • Alois Stutzer

    (University of Zurich)

  • Rafael Lalive

    (University of Zurich)

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Social norms are usually neglected in economics, because they are to a large extent enforced through nonmarket interactions and difficult to isolate empirically. In this paper, we offer a direct measure of the social norm to work and we show that this norm has important economic effects. The stronger the norm, the more quickly unemployed people find a new job. This behavior can be explained by utility differences, probably due to social pressure. Unemployed people are significantly less happy than employed people and their reduction in life satisfac-tion is the larger, the stronger the norm is. (JEL: I31, J64) Copyright (c) 2004 The European Economic Association.

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  • Alois Stutzer & Rafael Lalive, 2004. "The Role of Social Work Norms in Job Searching and Subjective Well-Being," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 2(4), pages 696-719, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:2:y:2004:i:4:p:696-719
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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J64 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search

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