Happiness at Work

78 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2017

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Jan‐Emmanuel De Neve

University of Oxford

George Ward

MIT Sloan School of Management

Date Written: February 1, 2017


Happiness is typically defined by how people experience and evaluate their lives as a whole. Since the majority of people spend much of their lives at work, it is critically important to gain a solid understanding of the role that employment and the workplace play in shaping happiness for individuals and communities around the world.

In this chapter, we focus largely on the role of work and employment in shaping people’s happiness, and investigate how employment status, job type, and workplace characteristics relate to measures of subjective wellbeing.

Suggested Citation

De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel and Ward, George, Happiness at Work (February 1, 2017). Saïd Business School WP 2017-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943318 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2943318

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (Contact Author)

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George Ward

MIT Sloan School of Management ( email )

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