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Happiness in the arts—International evidence on artists’ job satisfaction

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  • Bille, Trine
  • Fjællegaard, Cecilie Bryld
  • Frey, Bruno S.
  • Steiner, Lasse

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Many artists are prone to high unemployment and low incomes suggesting low job satisfaction. Our analysis including 49 countries paints a different picture. On average artists enjoy higher job satisfaction than other employees, mainly due to more autonomy.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 121 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 15-18

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Keywords: Job satisfaction; Work-preference; Procedural utility; Artists;

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