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The consequences of own and spousal disability on labor market outcomesand subjective well-being: Evidence from Germany

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In this paper, I contrast the effects of individual and spousal disability on subjective well-being and labor supply using data on couples from the German Socio-Economic Panel for the years 1984–2006. I find almost no effects in terms of labor market outcomes for both men and women, which stands in stark contrast to the effects of individual disability. The life-satisfaction of women, but not of men, is reduced considerably by their partners’ disability. The effects are about 50–73 % as large as those of individual disability. I also find no evidence that individuals adapt to their partners’ disability, although there is adaptation to individual disability.

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Author(s): Braakmann N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Review of Economics of the Household

Year: 2014

Volume: 12

Issue: 4

Pages: 717-736

Print publication date: 01/12/2014

Online publication date: 05/10/2012

Acceptance date: 22/09/2012

ISSN (print): 1569-5239

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7152

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s11150-012-9164-7


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