Assessing the contribution of employment and working conditions to subjective well-being in the Czech Republic

Beatrice Chromkov√° Manea, Masaryk University

The aim of this contribution is to explore the role of employment status and work conditions on the subjective wellbeing of the adult Czech population. We employ a multidimensional indicator for subjective wellbeing measured by life satisfaction, happiness and work-family time balance. For operating with employment and work conditions measurements, we use the following indicators: type of contract, self-employment, degree of supervision, working time, over-qualification, past unemployment and desired job characteristics. The paper makes use of the first Czech panel data collected on a large sample of households at the end of 2015 (approximately 5000 households). We will analyse data at the individual level from the first wave of study. The sample is limited to employed people aged between 15 and 64 years. The dataset includes large information on social and cultural capital indicators together with different employment and quality of job indicators. In the light of the spillover theoretical perspective, we expect that certain job characteristics and employment status influence all dimensions of wellbeing. As adult population in postmodern societies spend more time in the labour market, we can assume that the type and characteristics of work can have an impact on the individual wellbeing. To prevent spurious relationship between the explanatory variables and wellbeing indicators, we will check for the following socio-demographic characteristics of respondents: age, gender, total number of children under the age of 11, marital status, education, perceived health status, gender roles and type of residence.

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Presented in Session 39: Employment and well-being