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The Restorative Effect of Work after Unemployment: An Intra-individual Analysis of Subjective Well-being Recovery through Reemployment.

Zhou, Ying, Zou, Min, Woods, Stephen A. and Wu, Chia-Huei (2018) The Restorative Effect of Work after Unemployment: An Intra-individual Analysis of Subjective Well-being Recovery through Reemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology.

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Abstract

Previous research shows that unemployment has lasting detrimental effects on individuals’ subjective well-being. However, the issue of how well-being evolves after individuals switch back into the labour force has received little theoretical and empirical attention. This study examines the extent to which reemployment restores individuals’ subjective well-being following a period of unemployment. Applying fixed effects models to the large-scale longitudinal data from the British Household Panel Survey, we find that recovery of subjective well-being upon reemployment is fast, complete and enduring, even when individuals take less favourable employment options to return to work. By contrast, transitions into economic inactivity following unemployment are accompanied by persistent scars on subsequent well-being trajectories. This study advances our understanding of well-being development over the entire employment-unemployment-reemployment cycle.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Zhou, YingYing.Zhou@surrey.ac.uk
Zou, Min
Woods, Stephen A.s.a.woods@surrey.ac.uk
Wu, Chia-Huei
Date : 19 December 2018
DOI : 10.1037/apl0000393
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019, American Psychological Association. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the final, authoritative version of the article. Please do not copy or cite without authors' permission. The final article will be available, upon publication, via its DOI: 10.1037/apl0000393
Uncontrolled Keywords : Recovery, unemployment; Reemployment; Well-being; Longitudinal data analysis
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Jan 2019 14:46
Last Modified : 12 Feb 2019 15:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850163

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