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How Does Innovation Affect Worker Well-being?

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  • Erling Barth
  • Alex Bryson
  • Harald Dale-Olsen

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We explore the effects of management innovations on worker well-being using private sector linked employer-employee data for Britain. We find management innovations are associated with lower worker well-being and lower job satisfaction, an effect which becomes more pronounced when we account for the endogeneity of innovation. This is the case for three different count measures of innovation - a global measure of innovation and measures for labour innovations and capital innovations. The effects are ameliorated when workers are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0953.

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Keywords: innovation; well-being; job satisfaction; trade unions;

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