Partnership, Gender Roles and the Well-Being Cost of Unemployment
We use the differences between life satisfaction and emotional well-being of employed and unemployed persons to analyze how a personâ€™s employment status affects cognitive well-being. Our results show that unemployment has a negative impact on cognitive, but not on affective well-being, which we interpret as a loss in identity utility. Living in a partnership strengthens the loss in identity utility of men, but weakens that of women. Unemployment of a personâ€™s partner reduces the identity loss of unemployed men, but raises it for women. These results suggest that the unemployedâ€™s feeling of identity is affected by traditional gender roles, while this does not seem to be the case for the affective part of their subjective well-being.
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