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Well-being, job satisfaction and labour mobility

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  • Green, Francis

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I investigate whether two indicators of job-related well-being predict subsequent quitting. I find that both the Depression-Enthusiasm scale and the Anxiety-Comfort scale predict quitting, the former more strongly, and this contributes an element of criterion validity to their use as welfare measures. However, overall job satisfaction, which implicitly captures well-being relative to outside job opportunities, predicts job mobility better than either the Depression-Enthusiasm or the Anxiety-Comfort scale. I also find asymmetric effects: relative to intermediate levels, low well-being or job satisfaction are associated with greater quitting, yet high well-being or job satisfaction are not significantly associated with reduced quitting.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Labour Economics.

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 897-903

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Handle: RePEc:eee:labeco:v:17:y:2010:i:6:p:897-903

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Keywords: Quits Turnover Well-being Depression Anxiety;

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Cited by:
  1. Drydakis, Nick, 2011. "Health Impaired Employees' Job Satisfaction: New Evidence from Athens, Greece," IZA Discussion Papers 5849, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Anne C. Gielen & Jan C. van Ours, 2012. "Unhappiness and Job Finding," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 437, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  3. Maurizio Carpita & Silvia Golia, 2012. "Measuring the quality of work: the case of the Italian social cooperatives," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 46(6), pages 1659-1685, October.
  4. Dr Alex Bryson, 2014. "Biomarkers and Long-term Labour Market Outcomes: The Case of Creatine," NIESR Discussion Papers 11805, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  5. Vinod Mishra & Ingrid Nielsen & Russell Smyth, 2010. "Relative Income, Temporary Life Shocks and Subjective Wellbeing in the Long-run," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series 51-10, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  6. Ertan Yörük, Ceren & Yörük, Barış K., 2012. "The impact of drinking on psychological well-being: Evidence from minimum drinking age laws in the United States," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 75(10), pages 1844-1854.
  7. Drydakis, Nick, 2012. "Men's Sexual Orientation and Job Satisfaction," IZA Discussion Papers 6272, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  8. Laurent Lequien, 2012. "Parental Leave Duration and Wages: A Structural Approach," Working Papers 2012-04, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.
  9. Drydakis, Nick, 2014. "Effect of Sexual Orientation on Job Satisfaction: Evidence from Greece," IZA Discussion Papers 8045, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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