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Long work hours and job satisfaction: do overworkers get trapped in bad jobs?

Fabian, M and Breunig, R 2019 , 'Long work hours and job satisfaction: do overworkers get trapped in bad jobs?' , Social Science Quarterly, vol. 100, no. 5 , pp. 1932-1956 , doi: 10.1111/ssqu.12648.

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Objective: Motivated by a literature suggesting that people are getting "trapped" working long hours in jobs that they dislike, we investigate the relationship between overwork, job satisfaction, and job change.Methods: We use panel data to follow overworkers who are dissatisfied with both their hours and their jobs overall, and fixed effects modelling to analyze the determinants of overwork.Results: We find that while overworkers might be dissatisfied with their hours they are otherwise pleased with their jobs. The few overworkers who get trapped in unsatisfying jobs are typically low educated and work in jobs characterized by rigid hour requirements. Such workers may require experience to command high wages, which may increase their opportunity cost of job change and limit their outside options and job mobility.Conclusion: We conclude that "trapped", dissatisfied over-workers are a rare phenomenon peculiar to a find industries.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Fabian, M and Breunig, R
Keywords: work-life balance, job satisfaction, job change, quit rates
Journal or Publication Title: Social Science Quarterly
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
ISSN: 0038-4941
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ssqu.12648
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Copyright 2019 by the Southwestern Social Science Association

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