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Job-related well-being through the Great Recession

Green, Francis, Felstead, Alan, Gallie, Duncan and Inanc, Hande 2016. Job-related well-being through the Great Recession. Journal of Happiness Studies 17 (1) , pp. 389-411. 10.1007/s10902-014-9600-x

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Abstract

We study how job-related well-being (measured by Warr’s ‘Enthusiasm’ and ‘Contentment’ scales) altered through the Great Recession, and how this is related to changing job quality. Using nationally representative data for Britain, we find that job-related well-being was stable between 2001 and 2006, but then declined between 2006 and 2012. We report relevant changes in job quality. In modelling the determinants of job-related well-being, we confirm several previously-studied hypotheses and present some new findings: downsizing, work re-organisation, decreased choice, and linking pay to organisational performance each reduce well-being; indicators of skills challenge in jobs have more of a positive association with Enthusiasm than with Contentment, while effort has a more negative association with Contentment than with Enthusiasm. Our estimates are largely orthogonal to the effects of personality traits and demographic controls on well-being. Using a standard decomposition, we find that the 2006–2012 fall in job-related well-being is partly accounted for by accelerations in the pace of workplace change, rising job insecurity, increased effort and changing participation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1389-4978
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 09:47
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/71606

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