Effects of short- and long-term unemployment on health satisfaction: evidence from German data

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Abstract:

The purpose of this study is to analyse the effects of short- and long-term unemployment on health satisfaction. The data source used for the analysis is the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) which, given its longitudinal structure, allows one to better overcome the problem of endogeneity. Three different models are used in order to assess the effect of short and long-term unemployment and reemployment on health satisfaction. The results show that short-term unemployment has only a significant (and negative) effect for men, while for women short-term unemployment does not have a significant effect on health satisfaction. Being unemployed for a long period has a significant and negative effect for both men and women. Finally, it can be also concluded from the empirical analysis that reemployment has a significant and positive effect on health satisfaction for both unemployed men and women, independent of how long individuals have been unemployed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840500427692

Affiliations: Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Publication date: November 10, 2006

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