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How Job Changes Affect People's Lives - Evidence from Subjective Well-being Data

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  • Adrian Chadi

    (Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the EU, University of Trier)

  • Clemens Hetschko

    (School of Business and Economics, Freie Universitaet Berlin)

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For representative German panel data, we document that voluntary job switching is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, though only for some time, whereas forced job changes do not affect life satisfaction clearly. Using plant closures as an exogenous trigger of switching to a new employer, we find that job mobility turns out to be harmful for satisfaction with family life. By investigating people’s lives beyond their workplaces, our study complements research on the well-being impact of labour mobility, suggesting some positive welfare effects of flexible labour markets, but also a previously undocumented potential for negative implications.

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  • Adrian Chadi & Clemens Hetschko, 2015. "How Job Changes Affect People's Lives - Evidence from Subjective Well-being Data," IAAEU Discussion Papers 201502, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).
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    Keywords

    life satisfaction; satisfaction with family life; job changes; honeymoon-hangover effect; employment protection legislation;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • J63 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Turnover; Vacancies; Layoffs

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