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Work and Well-being

Bryce, Andrew (2019) Work and Well-being. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

This thesis presents the findings from three research projects exploring the relationship between work and well-being. Firstly, I contribute to the literature on the effects of the timing of work by analysing the extent to which weekend working impacts upon different measures of subjective well-being. Using two UK datasets (the Labour Force Survey and Understanding Society), I find that weekend working has a negative impact on happiness, psychological well-being and satisfaction with leisure time. Secondly, I explore the effects of occupation and job type on workers’ well-being, making a specific distinction between eudaimonic and hedonic aspects of well-being. This analysis, based on the American Time Use Survey and the UK Annual Population Survey, shows that job type is a strong predictor of eudaimonic well-being with jobs that combine professional autonomy and social impact appearing to be most associated with subjective feelings of meaningfulness or purpose. Finally, I use the harmonised British Household Panel Survey and Understanding Society data to investigate the extent to which well-being is affected by the unemployment of one’s partner, and how these spill-over effects vary between men and women. I find strong evidence of cross-partner effects of both male and female unemployment, but these impacts depend on the gender of the partner, how unemployment is defined and how well-being is measured.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: labour market, subjective well-being, weekend working, eudaimonic well-being, unemployment
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Economics (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.772906
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Bryce
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2019 08:21
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 20:07
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/23487

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