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Lifecycle Events and Their ConsequencesJob Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health$
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Kenneth A. Couch, Mary C. Daly, and Julie M. Zissimopoulos

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804785853

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804785853.001.0001

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Involuntary Job Transitions and Subjective Well-Being

Involuntary Job Transitions and Subjective Well-Being

(p.76) Chapter Five Involuntary Job Transitions and Subjective Well-Being
Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences

Ariel Kalil

Thomas DeLeire

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines whether lasting reductions in earnings and wealth due to job loss have consequences on well-being beyond financial concerns. In particular, the analysis uses data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to examine the impact of job loss on two different measures of self-reported psychological well-being, one meant to capture life satisfaction and another that gauges a person's sense of purpose in life. The research indicates that job loss, independent of a variety of background factors, reduces satisfaction by roughly 25 to 50 percent and that self-assessments by individuals of their purpose in life also typically declines by roughly 15 percent. This work suggests that job loss takes a toll on the nonfinancial as well as the financial well-being of individuals.

Keywords:   job loss, displacement, subjective well-being, HRS

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