Scarring or Scaring?

The Psychological Impact of Past Unemployment and Future Unemployment Risk

  • Andreas Knabe
  • Steffen Rätsel
Schlagworte: unemployment, scarring, happiness, life satisfaction, JEL: J28, J60, D91

Abstract

We reassess the "scarring" hypothesis by Clark et al. (2001) which states that unemployment experienced in the past reduces a person's current life satisfaction even after the person has become reemployed. Our results suggest that it is not the scar from past unemployment but the expectation to become unemployed in the future that makes people unhappy. Hence, the terminology should be changed by one letter: unemployment is not "scarring", but "scaring".

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2018-09-04
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