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Parental unemployment and children's happiness: a longitudinal study of young people's well-being in unemployed households

Powdthavee, Nattavudh and Vernoit, James (2013) Parental unemployment and children's happiness: a longitudinal study of young people's well-being in unemployed households. Labour Economics, 24. pp. 253-263. ISSN 0927-5371

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.labeco.2013.09.008

Abstract

Using a unique longitudinal data of British youths we estimate how adolescents' overall happiness is related to parents' exposure to unemployment. Our within-child estimates suggest that parental job loss when the child was relatively young has a positive influence on children's overall happiness. However, this positive association became either strongly negative or statistically insignificant as the child grew older. The estimated effects of parental job loss on children's happiness also appear to be unrelated to its effect on family income, parent-child interaction, and children's school experience. Together these findings offer new psychological evidence of unemployment effects on children's livelihood.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/labour-economics/
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 17:17
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:47
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54105

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