Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111041
Authors: 
Chadi, Adrian
Hetschko, Clemens
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics 02/2015
Abstract: 
For representative German panel data, we document that voluntary job switching is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, though only for some time, whereas forced job changes do not affect life satisfaction clearly. Using plant closures as an exogenous trigger of switching to a new employer, we find that job mobility turns out to be harmful for satisfaction with family life. By investigating people's lives beyond their workplaces, our study complements research on the well-being impact of labour mobility, suggesting some positive welfare effects of flexible labour markets, but also a previously undocumented potential for negative implications.
Subjects: 
life satisfaction
satisfaction with family life
job changes
honeymoon-hangover effect
employment protection legislation
JEL: 
I31
J28
J61
J63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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