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Quality of Life Satisfaction among Workers and Non-Workers in Uruguay

  • Néstor Gandelman

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  • Giorgina Piani

In this paper we use data from a population survey on quality of life dimensions conducted in Uruguay to analyze the self reported well-being among workers and non workers. Along with the literature, we find that the probability of being happy is greater for workers than non-workers. Specifically, we find evidence that workers tend to be more satisfied with their economic situation and heath, but less content with their leisure time. A number of personal and family characteristics were identified to play a role in explaining the differences in reported satisfaction between the two groups: age, gender, family size, having a life partner. Although, the self reported satisfaction with the family situation seems to be similar for workers and non-workers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2013

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Volume (Year): 111 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 97-115

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