Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172863
Authors: 
Pikos, Anna Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) 609
Abstract: 
This paper analyses whether there is a causal relationship between work-related mental health problems and multitasking, the number of tasks performed at work. The data comes from two cross sectional surveys on the German working population. The empirical strategies uses technological change as an instrument for multitasking. In the first stage, the introduction of new production and information technologies is associated with increases in multitasking. Production technology adoption has larger associations to manual multitasking and informational technology adoption to cognitive multitasking. There is evidence for a causal effect of multitasking on emotional strain, emotional exhaustion and burnout.
Subjects: 
work-related mental health
multitasking
job satisfaction
JEL: 
I10
J28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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