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

Younghwan Song ()
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Younghwan Song: Union College

Journal for Labour Market Research, 2018, vol. 52, issue 1, 1-13

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: Job displacement; Subjective well-being; Cantril ladder; Net affect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J63 J65 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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