Age, Cohort, and the Slump in Job Satisfaction Among West German Workers

30 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2005

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Hendrik Jürges

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA); German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Abstract

Using German panel data, I examine the long-term development in satisfaction with work from 1984 until 2001. As was the case for many other industrialized countries, Germany witnessed a sharp decline in workers' self-reported job satisfaction in the late 1980s and 1990s, the reason of which is yet unknown. I present a cohort analysis of job satisfaction using various identifying assumptions to examine several explanations for this phenomenon: pure cohort effects, a decrease in self-reported job security, an increase in stress at work and a deterioration in other job conditions, and possible survey artefacts such as interviewer or repeated measurement effects. However, none of these can explain the overall decline in job satisfaction.

Suggested Citation

Jürges, Hendrik, Age, Cohort, and the Slump in Job Satisfaction Among West German Workers. Labour, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 489-518, December 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=857685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1121-7081.2003.00250.x

Hendrik Jürges (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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