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Sons‘ Unexpected Long Term Scarring due to Fathers‘ Unemployment

  • Michael Kind


  • John P. Haisken-DeNew

This study focuses on the long term effects of unemployment on subjective wellbeing in a family context for 17-24 year old sons living with at least one parent, using data from the German SOEP. As fathers enter unemployment, sons‘ subjective wellbeing is not only reduced immediately, but also 5 years into the future. As this future reduction remains unexpected by the sons, this suggests even higher true costs of unemployment than previously thought.

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Paper provided by Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen in its series Ruhr Economic Papers with number 0375.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:rwi:repape:0375
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