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CEP discussion paper

Happiness at work


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 paper, 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.


Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward

30 March 2017     Paper Number CEPDP1474

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Community Wellbeing programme, Community Wellbeing programme.

This publication comes under the following theme: Community cohesion