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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.
Author(s): Braakmann N
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Review of Economics of the Household
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
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