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    The scarring effect of unemployment on psychological well-being across Europe

    Mousteri, Victoria and Daly, Michael and Delaney, Liam (2018) The scarring effect of unemployment on psychological well-being across Europe. Social Science Research, 72. pp. 146-169. ISSN 0049-089x

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    Past unemployment may have a pervasive psychological impact that occurs across nations. We investigate the association between unemployment events across working life and subsequent psychological well-being across 14 European countries. Additionally, we consider the influence of between-country differences in labour market institutions and conditions on the cross-country well-being effects of unemployment. Data detailing life-long employment trajectories and contemporary life conditions are drawn from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The well-being impact of unemployment is modeled using linear, multi-level specifications. Each six-month spell of past unemployment is found to predict reduced quality of life and life satisfaction after the age of 50, having adjusted for a broad range of individual and country-specific covariates. In contrast, the impact of past unemployment on depression is explained by individual demographic factors. We identify the first comparative long-term evidence that unemployment welfare scarring may be a broad, international phenomenon.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Cross-country survey; Life satisfaction; Quality of life; Depression; Unemployment; Psychological scarring;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13155
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    Depositing User: Michael Daly
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2020 16:23
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Science Research
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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