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Long work hours and job satisfaction: do overworkers get trapped in bad jobs?


Fabian, M and Breunig, R, Long work hours and job satisfaction: do overworkers get trapped in bad jobs?, Social Science Quarterly, 100, (5) pp. 1932-1956. ISSN 0038-4941 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 by the Southwestern Social Science Association

DOI: doi:10.1111/ssqu.12648


Objective: Motivated by a literature suggesting that people are getting "trapped" working long hours in jobs that they dislike, we investigate the relationship between overwork, job satisfaction, and job change.

Methods: We use panel data to follow overworkers who are dissatisfied with both their hours and their jobs overall, and fixed effects modelling to analyze the determinants of overwork.

Results: We find that while overworkers might be dissatisfied with their hours they are otherwise pleased with their jobs. The few overworkers who get trapped in unsatisfying jobs are typically low educated and work in jobs characterized by rigid hour requirements. Such workers may require experience to command high wages, which may increase their opportunity cost of job change and limit their outside options and job mobility.

Conclusion: We conclude that "trapped", dissatisfied over-workers are a rare phenomenon peculiar to a find industries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:work-life balance, job satisfaction, job change, quit rates
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Workplace wellbeing and quality of working life
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Human capital issues
UTAS Author:Fabian, M (Dr Mark Fabian)
ID Code:148580
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:CALE Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-01-25
Last Modified:2022-08-29

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