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Happiness at work


Work-life balance is a particularly strong predictor of people’s happiness. High degrees of job satisfaction can hide low levels of engagement at work. Happiness helps to shape job market outcomes, productivity and firm performance. And people in blue-collar jobs report lower happiness everywhere in the world. These are among the findings of research on the roles played by work, employment and joblessness in shaping our happiness.


Jan-Emmanuel De Neve and George Ward

1 November 2017     Paper Number CEPCP517

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This CentrePiece article is published under the centre's Community Wellbeing programme.

This publication comes under the following theme: Causes and effects of wellbeing