Job Type, Identity and Subjective Wellbeing

25 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2017

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Samuelson Appau

RMIT University, Faculty of Business, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, Students

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

Lisa Farrell

RMIT University

Date Written: July 27, 2017

Abstract

Using data from the English Longitudinal Survey of Ageing (ELSA), we examine the impact of labour market attachment and identity on subjective wellbeing (SWB) and quality of life (QoL). We consider the effect of employment contracts (representing labour market attachment) and self-identity on SWB and QoL before and during retirement. Our results suggest that individuals whose employment contracts are characterised by strong attachment to the labour market are more likely to have their identity formed by their labour market behaviours and to have higher levels of SWB and QoL throughout their working lives. However, in retirement, withdrawal from the labour market represents a loss of identity, and thus causes a significant drop in SWB and QoL. We offer suggestions for supporting the SWB and QoL of retirees based on their varying employment and identity profiles.

Keywords: job type, identity, subjective wellbeing, quality of life

Suggested Citation

Appau, Samuelson and Awaworyi Churchill, Sefa and Farrell, Lisa, Job Type, Identity and Subjective Wellbeing (July 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3012698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3012698

Samuelson Appau

RMIT University, Faculty of Business, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, Students ( email )

Level 12, 239 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia

Sefa Awaworyi Churchill (Contact Author)

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing ( email )

Building 80
445 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

Lisa Farrell

RMIT University ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

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