Elusive Effects of Unemployment on Happiness
HECER Discussion Paper No. 47
16 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2005
Date Written: January 2005
This paper explores the connection between unemployment and subjective well-being in Finland by using cross-sections for the years 1990, 1996 and 2000 from World Values Surveys. An unprecedented increase in the national unemployment rate (from 3 to 17 per cent) did not produce a drop in the mean level of subjective well-being. Experiencing unemployment personally reduces life satisfaction, but does not have a significant effect on happiness in ordered logit estimation. However, generalized ordered logit estimation reveals that being unemployed has a negative effect on happiness at lower happiness scores, but no significant effect at high happiness levels.
Keywords: happiness, unhappiness, life satisfaction, unemployment
JEL Classification: C30, J28, J31
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By Martin Salm