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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)

Abstract

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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  • Chris Dawson & Michail Veliziotis & Gail Pacheco & Don J Webber, 2014. "Is temporary employment a cause or consequence of poor mental health?," Working Papers 20141409, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
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    1. Auer, Wolfgang, 2015. "Health Consequences of Starting a Career on a Fixed-Term Contract," Annual Conference 2015 (Muenster): Economic Development - Theory and Policy 113080, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    2. Don Webber & Dom Page & Michail Veliziotis, 2017. "Mental health and employment transitions: a slippery slope," Working Papers 20171702, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.

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    Keywords

    Employment transitions; Psychological distress; Anxiety; Life satisfaction; Job satisfaction;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand

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