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Job displacement and subjective well-being: findings from the American Time Use Survey Well-Being Modules

Authors
  • Song, Younghwan1, 2
  • 1 Union College, Department of Economics, Schenectady, NY, 12308, USA , Schenectady (United States)
  • 2 IZA, Bonn, Germany , Bonn (Germany)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal for Labour Market Research
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Nov 30, 2018
Volume
52
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12651-018-0249-5
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Using matched cross-sectional data drawn from the 2010 and 2012 Displaced Workers Supplements of the Current Population Surveys and the 2010, 2012, and 2013 American Time Use Survey Well-Being Modules, this paper examines the relationship between job displacement and various measures of subjective well-being by sex. Displaced men report lower levels of life evaluation than nondisplaced men due to the differences in employment, marital status and income, whereas displaced women report lower levels of net affect and happiness and increased pain, sadness, and stress than nondisplaced women, but no difference in their life evaluation. Among men, those displaced by layoffs, not by plant closings, express lower levels of life evaluation than those not displaced, but there is no such difference by cause of displacement among women. The negative relationship between job displacement and subjective well-being decreases over time for both men and women.

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