Quality of Work: Concept and Measurement

REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 05-2009

28 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2009

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Svenn-Åge Dahl

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Torstein Nesheim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karen Modesta Olsen

Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF)

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In this paper we review some of the most essential literature on the concept and measurement of quality of work. We show that different academic fields have conceptualized quality of work in distinct ways however there has been a convergence in the positions. Although there is a lack of coherent measures or indicators, the utility a multi-dimensional approach, including both monetary and non-monetary indicators is often recommended. We propose six dimensions to be included in the measurement of quality of work: job security, pay and fringe benefits, intrinsic job rewards, work intensity, skills, and autonomy and control. The majority of the literature relies on subjective indicators of job quality. One way to improve data quality is to merge administrative data and survey data, combining both objective and subjective measures.

Keywords: Job quality, multi-dimensional concept, pay, job security, intrinsic

Suggested Citation

Dahl, Svenn-Åge and Nesheim, Torstein and Olsen, Karen Modesta, Quality of Work: Concept and Measurement (2009). REC-WP Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe No. 05-2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1489881 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1489881

Svenn-Åge Dahl (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Torstein Nesheim

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Karen Modesta Olsen

Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF) ( email )

Bergen
Norway

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