The impact of husband’s job loss on partners’ mental health

Publication type

Journal Article


Publication date

June 15, 2014


The objective of this paper is to examine the impact of job loss on
family mental well-being. The negative income shock can affect the
mental health status of the individual who directly experiences such
displacement, as well as the psychological well-being of his partner;
also, job loss may have a significantly detrimental effect on life
satisfaction, self-esteem and on the individual’s perceived role in
society. This analysis is based on a sample of married and cohabitating
couples from the first 14 waves of the British Household Panel Survey.
In order to correct for the possible endogeneity of job loss, data from
employment histories is utilised and redundancies (different from
dismissals) in declining industries are used as an indicator of
exogenous job loss. Results show evidence that couples in which the
husband experiences a job loss are more likely to experience poor mental

Published in

Review of Economics of the Household

Volume and page numbers

Volume: 12 , p.277 -294






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