The Impact of Losing Your Job

Unemployment and Influences from Market, Family, and State on Economic Well-Being in the US and Germany

Martin Ehlert

The Impact of Losing Your Job

Martin Ehlert

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

286 pages | 62 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789089648051 Published September 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Losing a job has always been understood as one of the most important causes of downward social mobility in modern societies. And it’s only gotten worse in recent years, as the weakening position of workers has made returning to the labor market even tougher. The Impact of Losing Your Job builds on findings from life course sociology to show clearly just what effects job loss has on income, family life, and future prospects. Key to Martin Ehlert’s analysis is a comparative look at the United States and Germany that enables him to show how different approaches to welfare state policies can ameliorate the effects of job loss—but can at the same time make labor insecurity more common.
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