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The well-being of the overemployed and the underemployed and the rise in depression in the UK

David Bell and David Blanchflower

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2019, vol. 161, issue C, 180-196

Abstract: In this paper we build on our earlier work on underemployment using data from the UK. We focus on the effects on well-being of worker dissatisfaction with hours of work. We make use of five main measures of well-being: happiness; life satisfaction; whether life is worthwhile; anxiety and depression. The more that actual hours differ from preferred hours the lower is a worker's well-being. This is true for those who say they want more hours (the underemployed) and those who say they want less (the over employed).

Keywords: Underemployment; Overemployment; Well-being; Mental health; Happiness; Depression; Anxiety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 I12 I30 I31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2019.03.018

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