Parental Unemployment, Social Insurance and Child Well-Being across Countries

Hansen, Kerstin F. and Stutzer, Alois. (2020) Parental Unemployment, Social Insurance and Child Well-Being across Countries. IZA Discussion Paper seroes, (13752). Bonn.

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Based on a unique repeated cross-sectional data set of school-aged children in Europe, the Middle East and North America, we analyze how children’s subjective well-being is related to parents’ employment status, depending on the institutional context. We find that parental unemployment is strongly negatively related to children’s life satisfaction across countries and years. The effect is thereby moderated by the generosity of unemployment benefits. Exploiting across- and within-country variation, our results suggest that a higher benefit replacement rate alleviates the negative effects of fathers’, but not mothers’, unemployment. We further test the robustness of our results considering unemployment benefits jointly with social work norms. While the buffering effect of unemployment insurance remains, the spillover effects of paternal unemployment seem to be more pronounced in environments with stricter social work norms.
Faculties and Departments:06 Faculty of Business and Economics > Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Professuren Wirtschaftswissenschaften > Politische Ökonomie (Stutzer)
UniBasel Contributors:Stutzer, Alois and Hansen, Kerstin Frederike
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:IZA - Institute of Labor Economics
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
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