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American Economic Review: Vol. 102 No. 3 (May 2012)

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Time Use, Emotional Well-Being, and Unemployment: Evidence from Longitudinal Data

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Krueger, Alan B., and Andreas I. Mueller. 2012. "Time Use, Emotional Well-Being, and Unemployment: Evidence from Longitudinal Data." American Economic Review, 102(3): 594-99.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.3.594

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This paper provides new evidence on the time use and emotional well-being of unemployed individuals in the weeks before and after starting a new job. The major findings are: (1) time spent on home production drops sharply at the time of re-employment, even when controlling for individual fixed effects; (2) time spent on leisure-related activities, which the unemployed find less enjoyable, drops on re-employment, but less so when controlling for individual fixed effects; (3) the unemployed report higher levels of sadness during specific episodes of the day than the employed; and (4) sadness decreases abruptly at the time of re-employment.

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Krueger, Alan B. (Princeton U)
Mueller, Andreas I. (Columbia U)

JEL Classifications

E24: Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital
I31: General Welfare
J64: Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search


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