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Happiness at work
Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward
October 2017
Paper No' CEPCP517:
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CentrePiece 22 (3) Autumn 2017

Tags: subjective wellbeing; employment; job type; job characteristics

Work-life balance is a particularly strong predictor of people’s happiness. High degrees of job satisfaction can hide low levels of engagement at work. Happiness helps to shape job market outcomes, productivity and firm performance. And people in blue-collar jobs report lower happiness everywhere in the world. These are among the findings of research on the roles played by work, employment and joblessness in shaping our happiness.

This article summarises ‘Happiness at Work’ by Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1474, March 2017.