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What makes for a good job? Evidence using subjective wellbeing data

Krekel, Christian, Ward, George and De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel (2019) What makes for a good job? Evidence using subjective wellbeing data. In: Rojas, Mariano, (ed.) The Economics of Happiness: How the Easterlin Paradox Transformed Our Understanding of Well-Being and Progress. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 241 - 268. ISBN 9783030158347

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-15835-4_11


We study what makes for a good job, by looking at which workplace characteristics are conducive or detrimental to job satisfaction. Using data from 37 countries around the world in the 2015 Work Orientations module of the International Social Survey Programme, we find that having an interesting job and good relationships at work, especially with management, are the strongest positive predictors of how satisfied employees are with their jobs, along with wages. Stressful or dangerous jobs, as well as those that interfere with family life, have the strongest negative correlation with job satisfaction. We discuss implications for firms and other organisations as well as for public policy-makers, and point toward future avenues for research in the area.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: © 2019 Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:21

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