Social Change and the Experience of Unemployment

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rise in qualifications required by the changing nature of work in industry.


NOTES
1.
The measure of gender traditionalism in attitudes to employment was constructed from a factor analysis of a series of Likert items on women's labour market participation. The factor items which formed the basis of the scale related to views about women's suitability for responsibility at work, whether they should stay at home in times of high unemployment and whether or not men should be still the main bread-winners.
2.
The estimates for the replacement ratio (benefits as a percentage of last pay) were, for the whole subsample, coefficient -0.0099 (t statistic, -1.8); for men, coefficient -0.0096 (t statistic, -1.30); for women, coefficient -0.0075 (t statistic, -0.84). Control variables were as in Table 4.11.
3.
Where the partner of the unemployed person was in employment, the impact of the unemployment on the household's ability to manage financially was much less severe than where the partner was without paid work. For instance, where the wife was unemployed, but the husband was in full-time employment, 43% said that they were finding it difficult to make ends meet. In contrast, where both partners were unemployed the proportion rose to 80%, and where the husband was unemployed and the wife non-employed to 85%.

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