Are the unemployed equally unhappy all around the world? The role of the social norms to work and welfare state provision in 28 OECD countries

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Date: Feb. 2011
From: Journal of Economic Psychology(Vol. 32, Issue 1)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report
Length: 130 words

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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: Byline: Olga Stavrova (a), Thomas Schlosser (b), Detlef Fetchenhauer (b) Keywords: Descriptive norms; Injunctive norms; Unemployment; Survey; Life satisfaction; Conformity; Welfare state Abstract: a* The life satisfaction gap between employed and unemployed persons varies across countries. a* It is larger in countries with a strong injunctive norm to work. It does not depend on unemployment rates, benefits, and the personal norm to work. a* The unemployment effect is explained by social pressure and not by self-punishment. Author Affiliation: (a) University of Cologne, GK SOCLIFE, Richard-Strauss-Street 2, 50931 Cologne, Germany (b) University of Cologne, Department of Social and Economic Psychology, Herbert-Lewin-StraAe 2, 50931 Cologne, Germany Article History: Received 29 July 2010; Revised 5 November 2010; Accepted 12 November 2010

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