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Is temporary employment a cause or consequence of poor mental health?

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  • Chris Dawson

    (University of Bath)

  • Michail Veliziotis

    (University of the West of England, Bristol)

  • Gail Pacheco

    (Auckland University of Technology)

  • Don J Webber

    ()

    (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Mental health status often has a strong association with labour market outcomes. If people in temporary employment have poorer mental health than those in permanent employment then it is consistent with two mutually inclusive possibilities: temporary employment generates adverse mental health effects and/or individuals with poorer mental health select into temporary from permanent employment. We reveal that permanent workers with poor mental health appear to select into temporary employment thus signalling that prior cross sectional studies may overestimate the influence of employment type on mental health. We also reveal that this selection effect is significantly mitigated by job satisfaction.

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 20141409.

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Date of creation: 09 Jan 2014
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