The Role of Social Work Norms in Job Searching and Subjective Well-Being

37 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2000

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Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Rafael Lalive

University of Lausanne - Department of Economics (DEEP); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Date Written: December 2003

Abstract

Social norms are usually neglected in economics, because they are to a large extent enforced through non-market 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.

Keywords: job searching, social norms, subjective well-being, unemployment, duration of unemployment

JEL Classification: I31, J64

Suggested Citation

Stutzer, Alois and Lalive, Rafael, The Role of Social Work Norms in Job Searching and Subjective Well-Being (December 2003). Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 51; IZA Discussion Paper No. 300. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=236014

Alois Stutzer

University of Basel - Faculty of Business and Economics ( email )

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Rafael Lalive (Contact Author)

University of Lausanne - Department of Economics (DEEP) ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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