When you’re unemployed is it better to have friends with jobs or friends who are out of work?


You’ll be happier if you have unemployed friends. You’ll also be likely to remain unemployed longer:

This paper uses 16 waves of panel data from the British Household Panel Survey to evaluate the role of subjective well-being in determining labor market transitions. It confirms a previous finding in the literature: individuals report a fall in their happiness when they lose a job, but they report a smaller fall when they are surrounded by unemployed peers, an effect called the”social norm”. The main results of interest are that job search effort and unemployment duration are affected by the utility differential between having a job and being unemployed. Since this differential is also affected by the social norm, it implies that when unemployment increases, the unemployed are happier and they reduce their search effort. These results indicate that unemployment hysteresis has labor supply causes.

Source: “Can subjective well-being predict unemployment length?” from The World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, #5293

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