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Joblessness Isn't Laziness

A recent study of unemployment benefits across Europe -- a region known for expansive welfare programs in nearly every country -- has found that social welfare benefits do not breed laziness.   Social status, or rather the perception of wealth and usefulness, is a more driving factor in the behavior of people on welfare.   Now, there's a bit of interpretation in the use of words: for example, the article says "being unemployed in Spain, Poland and Romania has little effect on subjective well-being," which might just indicate a general level of laziness to begin with rather than the workers gradually acclimating to unemployment.   So, before blaming unemployment for the laziness, take a look at the bigger picture: the laziness while on unemployment is a characteristic of society's role for those people, and not unemployment benefits directly.