The effect of unemployment on social participation of spouses: evidence from plant closures in Germany
Lars Kunze and
Nicolai Suppa ()
Empirical Economics, 2020, vol. 58, issue 2, No 17, 815-833
Abstract This paper estimates the effect of an individual’s unemployment on the level of social participation of their spouse. Using German panel data, it is shown that unemployment has a strong negative effect on public social activities of both directly and indirectly affected spouses. Private social activities of either spouse, however, are only found to increase if the indirectly affected spouse is not working. Conflict prevention strategies or habituation may help to rationalise this finding. Our results imply that active labour market policies should account for spillover effects within couples and adopt a family perspective.
Keywords: Unemployment; Social participation; Plant closure; Entropy balancing; SOEP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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