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Poster
The Effect of Involuntary Unemployment on the Mental Health of Spouses

Jan Marcus


SOEP 2012 : 10th International German Socio-Economic Panel User Conference
Berlin, 28.06.2012 - 29.06.2012


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Abstract:
Unemployment of one spouse similarly affects the mental health of both spouses. About one year after the plant closure, unemployment decreased mental health by 27 % of a standard deviation for unemployed individuals themselves and by 19 % of a standard deviation for their spouses. Decreases in mental health are larger if the male spouse enters unemployment. Results are robust over various matching specifications.

Abstract

Unemployment of one spouse similarly affects the mental health of both spouses. About one year after the plant closure, unemployment decreased mental health by 27 % of a standard deviation for unemployed individuals themselves and by 19 % of a standard deviation for their spouses. Decreases in mental health are larger if the male spouse enters unemployment. Results are robust over various matching specifications.

Jan Marcus

Juniorprofessor in der Abteilung Bildung und Familie


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