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The Job Satisfaction-Life Satisfaction Relationship Revisited: Using the Lewbel Estimation Technique to Estimate Causal Effects Using Cross-Sectional Data

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  • Vinod Mishra
  • Ingrid Nielsen
  • Russell Smyth
  • Alex Newman

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This paper uses a novel identification strategy proposed by Lewbel (2012, J. Bus. Econ. Stat.) to illustrate how causation between job satisfaction and life satisfaction can be established with cross-sectional data. In addition to examining the relationship between composite job satisfaction and life satisfaction, we consider the relationship between life satisfaction and different facets of job satisfaction. We find evidence of bidirectional causality between job satisfaction and life satisfaction and mixed evidence of causation between life satisfaction and different facets of job satisfaction.

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  • Vinod Mishra & Ingrid Nielsen & Russell Smyth & Alex Newman, 2014. "The Job Satisfaction-Life Satisfaction Relationship Revisited: Using the Lewbel Estimation Technique to Estimate Causal Effects Using Cross-Sectional Data," Monash Economics Working Papers 26-14, Monash University, Department of Economics.
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