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The role of social work norms in job searching and subjective well-being
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 61713
Author(s) Stutzer, Alois; Lalive, Rafael
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2004
Title The role of social work norms in job searching and subjective well-being
Journal Journal of the European Economic Association
Volume 2
Number 4
Pages / Article-Number 696-719
Abstract Social norms are usually neglected in economics, because they are to a large extent enforced through nonmarket interactions and difficult to isolate empirically. In this paper, we offer a direct measure of the social norm to work and we show that this norm has important economic effects. The stronger the norm, the more quickly unemployed people find a new job. This behavior can be explained by utility differences, probably due to social pressure. Unemployed people are significantly less happy than employed people and their reduction in life satisfaction is the larger, the stronger the norm is. (JEL: I31, J64)
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN/ISBN 1542-4766
Full Text on edoc Restricted
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1162/1542476041423331
ISI-Number WOS:000208907100005
Document type (ISI) Article

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