Are you happy while you work?

Bryson, Alex and MacKerron, George (2017) Are you happy while you work? Economic Journal, 127 (599). pp. 106-125. ISSN 0013-0133

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Using a new data source permitting individuals to record their well-being via a smartphone, we explore within-person variance in individuals’ well-being measured momentarily at random points in time. We find paid work is ranked lower than any of the other 39 activities individuals can report engaging in, with the exception of being sick in bed. Precisely how unhappy one is while working varies significantly with where you work; whether you are combining work with other activities; whether you are alone or with others; and the time of day or night you are working.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: work, labour, happiness, wellbeing, ESM, experience sampling, Mappiness
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Depositing User: George MacKerron
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2016 12:33
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2021 15:15

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